Journal of Visualization

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 267–274

Enhancement of mixing by microbubble emission boiling in a microfluidic device

  • Kato H. 
  • Yamaguchi M. 
Regular Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF03181865

Cite this article as:
Kato, H. & Yamaguchi, M. J Vis (2009) 12: 267. doi:10.1007/BF03181865


The effect of microbubble emission boiling (MEB) on the mixing of two fluids in a microfluidic device was studied experimentally. When MEB occurred on an electric heater made of a platinum wire with a diameter of 30 micrometers, the mixing of the two fluids increased markedly. However, nucleate boiling had no significant effect on the mixing. A high-speed video showed that the very rapid growth and collapse of micro boiling bubbles on the heater causes the strong mixing of the two fluids. The coexistence of highly superheated and highly subcooled water near the heater seems to be the reason for such enhanced mixing.


Microfluidic deviceμ-TASMicrobubble emission boilingMixingEnhance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kato H. 
    • 1
  • Yamaguchi M. 
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringToyo UniversityKawagoeJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringToyo University. Presently Ageo East Junior High SchoolJapan