Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 722–729

Quantitative measurement of depth–averaged concentration fields in microchannels by means of a fluorescence intensity method

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00348-005-0005-9

Cite this article as:
Matsumoto, R., Zadeh, H.F. & Ehrhard, P. Exp Fluids (2005) 39: 722. doi:10.1007/s00348-005-0005-9


We have inferred and verified an optical measuring technique, based on fluorescence intensity, for the species concentration field in a liquid microchannel flow. In contrast to macroscopic flows, where a light sheet is usually applied, the complete illumination of the measuring volume in the microchannel provides a height-averaged concentration field. The technique was verified with aqueous solutions within a square glass microchannel of 110 μm width. The verification experiments confirm both a good spatial resolution and a good accuracy of even the concentration gradients within a concentration boundary layer.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Systems EngineeringKansai UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Nuclear and Energy TechnologiesForschungszentrum KarlsruheEggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany