Characteristics of a mini/micro-size Y-type fluidic device were examined using water as test fluid. The cross-section of an inlet path and outlet branches was 1 mm × 1 mm square. That of signal ports was 1 mm × 0.5 mm. Although Reynolds number tested was low; less than 1000, the mini/micro-size fluidic device functioned as the fluidic device; flow provided for a signal port flowed out from an opposite outlet. It was also analytically proved by the commercial code of STAR-CD. A zero-net flow micro-jet which had been analytically predicted was experimentally confirmed. A piezoelectric element was used to produce the zero-net flow micro-jet. A new concept of the mini/micro-size fluidic device was proposed. In that design, the signal ports were replaced with the zero-net flow micro-jet which was formed by the piezoelectric element. It was confirmed that the new design would function as the fluidic device.
- Nanotechnology Institute
Study on Micro Valve Using Micro Fluidic Device and Zero-Net-Flow-Rate Micro Jet
Koizumi, Y, & Ohtake, H. "Study on Micro Valve Using Micro Fluidic Device and Zero-Net-Flow-Rate Micro Jet." Proceedings of the ASME 2007 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. ASME 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. Puebla, Mexico. June 18–20, 2007. pp. 127-132. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICNMM2007-30121
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