Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduction pumping offers a unique way to control flow distribution for heat transfer applications. In EHD conduction, the interaction between an applied electrical field and dissociated electrolyte species in a dielectric fluid creates a net body force within the fluid, resulting in flow. EHD conduction pumps have remarkable potential due to their lack of moving parts, low power use, and ability to operate in microgravity. This study examined EHD distribution control among three 1 mm-diameter parallel tubes. The EHD pumps were able to correct maldistributed flow in flow lines as well as being able to cause maldistribution in lines where even flow was initialized. The supply flow rates between 3mL/min and 25mL/min.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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