Capillary flows along microchannels in the presence of magnetic field

  • Kai Cui
  • Zhilong Zhao
  • Sen Chen
  • Jianjun Gao
  • Lufeng Wei
  • Jingying Guo
Original Paper


To analytically determine liquid depth and velocity, we formulated a theoretical a capillary flow. The coupling effects of viscous force (Fv), capillary force (Fs), and electromagnetic force (Fm) were considered during the modeling process. Periodical electromagnetic force facilitates capillary flow in hydrophilic conditions, and velocity vibration synchronizes with electromagnetic force. A sufficiently high electromagnetic force was required for ensuring the upward movement of liquid front in hydrophobic conditions. Liquid depth was increased with the increase in magnetic field, damping factor, and angular frequency. The velocity peak was positively related to \(\mid \cos\theta \mid\) and magnified with the increase in damping factor and angular frequency in hydrophilic conditions. However, variations in velocity in hydrophobic conditions experienced an initial forward instantaneous peak and became consistent with that of hydrophilic conditions because of electromagnetic force.


Capillary flow Circular microchannels Magnetic field Liquid depth Average velocity 

List of symbols


Magnetic induction intensity


Peak of magnetic induction


Total force


Capillary force


Total viscous force


Electromagnetic force


Liquid depth








Flow velocity


Average velocity

r, z

Coordinate directions

Greek symbol


Viscous shearing force


Contact angle


Damping factor


Surface tension


Angular frequency


Magnetic permeability


Dynamic viscosity


47.10.−g 47.10.A− 47.15.G− 47.55.dr 47.65.−d 



The work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51374173) and Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shanxi Province of China (2018JM5082).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Cui
    • 1
  • Zhilong Zhao
    • 1
  • Sen Chen
    • 1
  • Jianjun Gao
    • 1
  • Lufeng Wei
    • 1
  • Jingying Guo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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