In this paper, we describe measurements of a three-dimensional (3D) flow in a T-shaped micromixer by means of digital holographic microscopy. Imaging tracer particles in a microscopic flow with conventional microscopy is accompanied by a small depth-of-field, which hinders true volumetric flow measurements. In holographic microscopy, the depth of the measurement domain does not have this limitation because any desired image plane can be reconstructed after recording. Our digital holographic microscope (DHM) consists of a conventional in-line recording system with an added magnifying optical element. The measured flow velocity and the calculated vorticity illustrate four streamwise vortices in the micromixer outflow channel. Because the investigated flow is stationary and strongly 3D, the DHM performance (i.e. accuracy and resolution) can be precisely investigated. The obtained Dynamic spatial range and Dynamic velocity range are larger than 20 and 30, respectively. High-speed multiple-frame measurements illustrate the capability to simultaneously track about 80 particles in a volumetric measurement domain.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2009
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