Time-dependent electrophoresis of a dielectric spherical particle embedded in Brinkman medium

  • E. I. Saad
  • M. S. Faltas


An expression for electrophoretic apparent velocity slip in the time-dependent flow of an electrolyte solution saturated in a charged porous medium within an electric double layer adjacent to a dielectric plate under the influence of a tangential uniform electric field is derived. The velocity slip is used as a boundary condition to solve the electrophoretic motion of an impermeable dielectric spherical particle embedded in an electrolyte solution saturated in porous medium under the unsteady Darcy–Brinkman model. Throughout the system, a uniform electric field is applied and maintains with constant strength. Two cases are considered, when the electric double layer enclosing the particle is thin, but finite and when of a particle with a thick double layer. Expressions for the electrophoretic mobility of the particle as functions of the relevant parameters are found. Our results indicate that the time scale for the growth of mobility is significant and small for high permeability. Generally, the effect of the relaxation time for starting electrophoresis is negligible, irrespective of the thickness of the double layer and permeability of the medium. The effects of the elapsed time, permeability, mass density and Debye length parameters on the fluid velocity, the electrophoretic mobility and the acceleration are shown graphically.


Brinkman equation Time-dependent electrophoresis Electrophoretic mobility 

Mathematics Subject Classification

76S05 76D07 76W05 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Faculty of ScienceDamanhour UniversityDamanhûrEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Faculty of ScienceAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt

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