SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES
Jacob Brooks (REU @ East Carolina University)
This summer rising senior Jacob Brooks is working at East Carolina University as part of the NSF-funded BME-SIM (Biomedical Engineering in Simulations, Imaging, and Modeling) REU. His project is focused on optimizing the efficiency of fluid micromixers by investigating the effect of different variables such as inlet channel angle and Reynold’s number. He and his mentor are using ANSYS Fluent software to perform computational fluid dynamics calculations and obtain a variety of data. By looking at volume fraction and velocity data, they can assess the efficiency of the mixing – the earlier in the channel full mixing occurs, the better. Micromixers and computational fluid dynamics have a variety of applications, from tissue engineering to lab-on-a-chip technologies, to inkjet printers and more.