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Colloidal Jamming Dynamics in Microchannel Bottlenecks

Sendekie, Zenamarkos Bantie and Bacchin, Patrice Colloidal Jamming Dynamics in Microchannel Bottlenecks. (2016) Langmuir, 32 (6). 1478-1488. ISSN 0743-7463

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b04218


The purpose of this work is to examine the interplay between hydrodynamic conditions and physicochemical interactions from filtration experiments of microparticles. Experiments are performed in microfluidic filters with real-time visualization at pore scale. Both flow rate and pressure are measured with time to analyze the dynamics of pore clogging and permeability. Flux stepping experiments are performed at different physicochemical conditions to determine the different clogging conditions. The results allow distinguishing different clogging behaviors according to filtration conditions which are discussed by considering particle–particle and particle–wall colloidal interactions whose main characteristics are an important repulsive barrier at 0.01 mM, a significant secondary minimum at 10 mM, and low repulsive barrier at 100 mM. Clogging delay at moderate ionic strength and deposit fragility and associated sweeping out of aggregates of particles at high ionic strength are discussed from the deposit structure, specific resistance, and deposit relaxation analyses. It has also been observed that an opening angle at microchannel entrance causes rapid clogging, this effect being more pronounced when the repulsion is partially screened. Three different scenarios are discussed by analogy to crowd swarming: panic scenario (0.01 mM) where repulsion between particles induce pushing effects leading to the creation of robust arches at pore entrances; herding instinct scenario (10 mM) where the attraction (in secondary minima) between particles enhances the transport in pores and delays clogging; and sacrifice scenario (100 mM) where the capture efficiency is high but the aggregate formed at the wall is fragile.

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Additional Information:Thanks to American Chemical Society editor. The definitive version is available at http://pubs.acs.org/journal/langd5 The original PDF of the article can be found at Langmuir website : http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b04218
HAL Id:hal-01286573
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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