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    Comparative analysis of different static mixers performance by CFD technique: An innovative mixer

    , Article Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering ; Volume 28, Issue 3 , 2020 , Pages 672-684 Haddadi, M. M ; Hosseini, S. H ; Rashtchian, D ; Olazar, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Chemical Industry Press  2020
    Abstract
    The flow and mixing behavior of two miscible liquids has been studied in an innovative static mixer by using CFD, with Reynolds numbers ranging from 20 to 160. The performance of the new mixer is compared with those of Kenics, SMX, and Komax static mixers. The pressure drop ratio (Z-factor), coefficient of variation (CoV), and extensional efficiency (α) features have been used to evaluate power consumption, distributive mixing, and dispersive mixing performances, respectively, in all mixers. The model is firstly validated based on experimental data measured for the pressure drop ratio and the coefficient of variation. CFD results are consistent with measured data and those obtained by... 

    A new scheme for improving the mixing efficiency in micro scale

    , Article ASME 2011 9th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, ICNMM 2011 ; Volume 1 , 2011 , Pages 183-191 ; 9780791844632 (ISBN) Anbari, A. M ; Haroutunian, A ; Saidi, M. S ; Shafii, M. B ; Sharif University of Technology
    2011
    Abstract
    Generally speaking, most micro-fluidic mixing systems are limited to the low Reynolds number regime in which diffusion dominates convection, and consequently the mixing process tends to be slow and it takes a relatively long time to have two fluids completely mixed. Therefore, rapid mixing is essential in micro-fluidic systems. In order to hasten the mixing process in micro scale, in this study we come up with a novel scheme for a two dimensional micro-fluidic mixer which encompasses three pairs of electrodes, one pair embedded in the mixing chamber and two pairs located in the micro-channels before and after the mixing chamber. The width of the middle pair is assumed to be twice of the... 

    A depthwise averaging solution for cross-stream diffusion in a Y-micromixer by considering thick electrical double layers and nonlinear rheology

    , Article Microfluidics and Nanofluidics ; Volume 19, Issue 6 , 2015 , Pages 1297-1308 ; 16134982 (ISSN) Ahmadian Yazdi, A ; Sadeghi, A ; Saidi, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Springer Verlag  2015
    Abstract
    Both nonlinear rheology and finite EDL thickness effects on the mixing process in an electroosmotically actuated Y-sensor are being investigated in this paper, utilizing a depthwise averaging method based on the Taylor dispersion theory. The fluid rheological behavior is assumed to obey the power-law viscosity model. Analytical solutions are obtained assuming a large channel width to depth ratio for which a 1-D profile can efficiently describe the velocity distribution. Full numerical simulations are also performed to determine the applicability range of the analytical model, revealing that it is able to provide accurate results for channel aspect ratios of ten and higher and quite... 

    Electrokinetic mixing at high zeta potentials: Ionic size effects on cross stream diffusion

    , Article Journal of Colloid and Interface Science ; Volume 442 , 2015 , Pages 8-14 ; 00219797 (ISSN) Ahmadian Yazdi, A ; Sadeghi, A ; Saidi, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Academic Press Inc  2015
    Abstract
    The electrokinetic phenomena at high zeta potentials may show several unique features which are not normally observed. One of these features is the ionic size (steric) effect associated with the solutions of high ionic concentration. In the present work, attention is given to the influences of finite ionic size on the cross stream diffusion process in an electrokinetically actuated Y-shaped micromixer. The method consists of a finite difference based numerical approach for non-uniform grid which is applied to the dimensionless form of the governing equations, including the modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation. The results reveal that, neglecting the ionic size at high zeta potentials gives... 

    Numerical simulation for efficient mixing of newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids in an electro-osmotic micro-mixer

    , Article Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification ; Volume 107 , 2016 , Pages 11-20 ; 02552701 (ISSN) Shamloo, A ; Mirzakhanloo, M ; Dabirzadeh, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier  2016
    Abstract
    The present study, deals with a new mixing technique using a two-phase electrode array, which is charged with alternating current (AC) signals, located in specific parts of the geometry. This significantly contributes to a chaotic mixing mechanism using a low amplitude AC voltage within a micro-channel. Study analysis demonstrates that the optimization of the effective parameters such as geometrical features, voltage amplitude, fluid inlet velocity, AC frequency and phase lag for a defined fluid can lead to an optimum and highly efficient mixer by considerably increasing disturbances in a primary highly ordered laminar flow. Three different geometries of micro mixer are studied; one-ring... 

    Effect of out-of-band blockers on the required linearity, phase noise, and harmonic rejection of sdr receivers without input saw filter

    , Article IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques ; Volume 66, Issue 11 , 2018 , Pages 4913-4926 ; 00189480 (ISSN) Rasekh, A ; Bakhtiar, M. S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc  2018
    Abstract
    The required linearity of wideband receivers for applications, such as software-defined radio in the absence of input surface-acoustic wave (SAW) filters, is studied. It is shown that the required linearity of wideband SAW-less receivers is surprisingly higher than what has been commonly assumed. For these receivers, although the out-of-band blockers can reduce the compression point of the receiver, they can also potentially generate interferers that appear in the desired frequency band, resulting in higher noise floor and signal corruption. The required out-of-band IIP2 and IIP3 of low-noise amplifier (LNA) and mixer for single and concurrent applications are analytically derived. The... 

    A superconductor THz modulator based on vortex flux flow

    , Article IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity ; Volume 19, Issue 4 , 2009 , Pages 3653-3657 ; 10518223 (ISSN) Sarreshtedari, F ; Hosseini, M ; Chalabi, H. R ; Moftakharzadeh, A ; Zandi, H ; Khorasani, S ; Fardmanesh, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    2009
    Abstract
    A terahertz modulator based on the Type-II superconductor flux flow oscillator has been proposed. Analytical calculations are presented and the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic parameters such as disorder strength of crystal, penetration depth, frequency, and amplitude of the modulated current on the radiation power spectrum have been studied. The proposed structure also exhibits a mixer-like behavior, in the sense that its output harmonics range from the washboard frequency up to the superconductor gap frequency, so the input signal is practically mixed with the washboard frequency and its harmonics. The modulation index for each harmonic of this modulator has also been investigated. This... 

    Beamforming, null-steering, and simultaneous spatial and frequency domain filtering in integrated phased array systems

    , Article AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications ; Volume 110 , 2019 ; 14348411 (ISSN) Karami, P ; Atarodi, S. M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier GmbH  2019
    Abstract
    In the case that phased array systems are not capable of attenuating interferences, Radio Frequency (RF) front-ends and Analog Digital Converters (ADCs) with a large dynamic range are required to avoid saturation of the receiver. This leads to a higher power consumption. In this paper, employing N-path circuits in Mixer-First receivers, a novel method is introduced in which spatial and frequency blockers are eliminated right before entering the system on the antennas input. In fact using this technique, adjustable spatial notch filter and band-pass frequency filter are implemented to suppress spatial and frequency interferences. The proposed method enhances the robustness and effectiveness... 

    Numerical simulation of mixing and heat transfer in an integrated centrifugal microfluidic system for nested-PCR amplification and gene detection

    , Article Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical ; Volume 283 , 2019 , Pages 831-841 ; 09254005 (ISSN) Naghdloo, A ; Ghazimirsaeed, E ; Shamloo, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2019
    Abstract
    Nucleic acid amplification via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the essential and powerful methods used in a myriad of bio-assays in clinical laboratories. Application of microfluidic devices in biologically-related processes like PCR can result in the usage of less volume of reactant samples and reduce the processing time. By implementing PCR systems on centrifugal microfluidic platforms, automation and portability can be easily achieved. Although several methods have been developed, most of them are still dealing with challenges of the required high processing time. This study presents the numerical simulation of a fully automated PCR system with the goal of enhancing the mixing... 

    Low power receiver with merged N-path LNA and mixer for MICS applications

    , Article AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications ; Volume 117 , 2020 Beigi, A ; Safarian, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier GmbH  2020
    Abstract
    In this paper, a low power receiver for medical implant communication service (MICS) is presented. Low power design is vital in the MICS applications since the implanted chip has to work for a long time without the need to change its battery. As a result, a merged N-path low noise amplifier (LNA) and mixer block is proposed. In this structure, the LNA and down-conversion mixer share a transconductance to lower the overall power consumption. An N-path feedback is utilized around the shared transconductance not only to improve the LNA selectivity and relax the linearity requirements but also to downconvert the radio frequency (RF) component and create the intermediate frequency (IF) signal. In... 

    CFD modeling of immiscible liquids turbulent dispersion in Kenics static mixers: Focusing on droplet behavior

    , Article Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering ; Volume 28, Issue 2 , 2020 , Pages 348-361 Haddadi, M. M ; Hosseini, S. H ; Rashtchian, D ; Ahmadi, G ; Sharif University of Technology
    Chemical Industry Press  2020
    Abstract
    The present study is concerned with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of turbulent dispersion of immiscible liquids, namely, water–silicone oil and water–benzene through Kenics static mixers using the Eulerian–Eulerian and Eulerian–Lagrangian approaches of the ANSYS Fluent 16.0 software. To study the droplet size distribution (DSD), the Eulerian formulation incorporating a population balance model (PBM) was employed. For the Eulerian–Lagrangian approach, a discrete phase model (DPM) in conjunction with the Eulerian approach for continuous phase simulation was used to predict the residence time distribution (RTD) of droplets. In both approaches, a shear stress transport (SST)... 

    Design and simulation of an integrated centrifugal microfluidic device for CTCs separation and cell lysis

    , Article Micromachines ; Volume 11, Issue 7 , July , 2020 Nasiri, R ; Shamloo, A ; Akbari, J ; Tebon, P ; Dokmeci, M. R ; Ahadian, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    MDPI AG  2020
    Abstract
    Separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples and subsequent DNA extraction from these cells play a crucial role in cancer research and drug discovery. Microfluidics is a versatile technology that has been applied to create niche solutions to biomedical applications, such as cell separation and mixing, droplet generation, bioprinting, and organs on a chip. Centrifugal microfluidic biochips created on compact disks show great potential in processing biological samples for point of care diagnostics. This study investigates the design and numerical simulation of an integrated microfluidic device, including a cell separation unit for isolating CTCs from a blood sample and a... 

    Investigation of a Novel Microfluidic Device for Label-Free Ferrohydrodynamic Cell Separation on a Rotating Disk

    , Article IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering ; Volume 67, Issue 2 , 2020 , Pages 372-378 Shamloo, A ; Besanjideh, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    IEEE Computer Society  2020
    Abstract
    Negative magnetophoresis is a novel and attractive method for continuous microparticle sorting inside a magnetic medium. In this method, diamagnetic particles are sorted based on their sizes using magnetic buoyancy force and without any labeling process. Although this method provides some attractive features, such as low-cost fabrication and ease of operation, there are some obstacles that adversely affect its performance, especially for biological applications. Most types of magnetic media, such as ferrofluids, are not biocompatible, and the time-consuming process of sample preparation can be threatening to the viability of the cells within the sample. Furthermore, in this method, both the... 

    A compact mixer and DAC for implementation of a direct conversion OQPSK transmitter

    , Article 2007 IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2007, Taipei, 30 October 2007 through 2 November 2007 ; 2007 ; 1424412722 (ISBN); 9781424412723 (ISBN) Chahardori, M ; Mehrmanesh, S ; Zamanlooy, B ; Atarodi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    2007
    Abstract
    A compact low power circuit for implementation of a direct conversion OQPSK modulator is proposed. The circuit consists of a digital to analog converter, a low pass filter and an up-converter mixer. By embedding these three blocks, the circuit performance is enhanced and the total power consumption is reduced. The mixer is designed base on a Gilbert cell with on chip inductor loads. Instead of transconductance transistors of Gilbert cell, a fully deferential current mode DAC is used and proficiently a low pass filter is embedded between them and therefore the linearity of total system is improved. All of circuits are designed based on 0.18 μm CMOS technology with a single 1.8 volt power... 

    A low-loss broadband quadrature signal generation network for high image rejection at millimeter-wave frequencies

    , Article IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques ; 2018 ; 00189480 (ISSN) Frounchi, M ; Alizadeh, A ; Coen, C. T ; Cressler, J. D ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc  2018
    Abstract
    This paper presents a broadband low-loss quadrature-hybrid-based network that enhances the phase and the amplitude matching of quadrature signals. The performance of this network is investigated, and a detailed theoretical analysis is provided. Several stages of this network can be cascaded to generate broadband balanced quadrature signals. Each stage has a loss of 0.5 dB and enhances the image rejection ratio (IRR) by approximately 8 dB. Compared with the conventional polyphase quadrature signal generation methods, the proposed network enables lower insertion loss, wider bandwidth, and reduced sensitivity to process variations. To verify the theoretical analyses, two proof-of-concept...