High performance simulations of electrokinetic flow and transport in microfluidic chips

Pablo A. Kler, Ezequiel J. López, Lisandro D. Dalcín*, Fabio A. Guarnieri, Mario A. Storti

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This article discusses high performance numerical simulations of electrokinetic flow and transport phenomena in microfluidic chips. Modeling grounds on conservation equations of mass, momentum and electric charge in the framework of continuum mechanics. Two examples of interest in microfluidics are considered as study cases. Three dimension effects and whole chip geometries are taking into account. All numerical simulations presented are performed with PETSc-FEM within a Python programming environment employing parallel computing. Computation time and parallel efficiency are measured in order to study additive Schwarz method performance as domain decomposition technique in solving common ill-conditioned microfluidics problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2360-2367
Number of pages8
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number30-32
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Additive Schwarz methods
  • Electrokinetic flow
  • Mass transport
  • Microfluidics chips
  • Parallel computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


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