10 January 2018 Study on the characteristics of microfluidic oscillator based on a new type of normally closed valve structure
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Proceedings Volume 10618, 2017 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Advanced Optical Sensors and Applications; 106180I (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2295179
Event: International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology 2017, 2017, Beijing, China
Abstract
This article introduced a new type of normally closed micro-valve (NCV) equipped with curved channels and trapezia-shaped valve seat, which could solve the issues of large area of dead zone, high threshold pressure and slow response speed of NCV in the current microfluidic oscillators. The new type of NCV has a three-layered structure with a top controlling layer, medium membrane layer and the bottom feedback layer. The membrane channel in the feedback layer is specifically deigned as curved to decrease the dead zone area. The valve seat is designed as a trapezoid to reduce the adhesion between the membrane and the valve seat and the threshold pressure of the NCV , and to improve the response speed of the system .The results of simulation study on COMSOL shows that this micro-valve structure reduces the NCV threshold pressure by 45% and the oscillation period of the micro-oscillator by 36%. This article conducted further simulation studies on the factors that influence the oscillation period of micro-oscillator. When enlarging inlet flow rate of micro-oscillator, lowering NCV threshold pressure and decreasing valve seat angle, the oscillation period would be reduced. Otherwise, the oscillation period will be increased.
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Rui Zhao, Rui Zhao, Dong Yu, Dong Yu, Le Zhang, Le Zhang, Mei Mei Kong, Mei Mei Kong, Zhong Cheng Liang, Zhong Cheng Liang, "Study on the characteristics of microfluidic oscillator based on a new type of normally closed valve structure", Proc. SPIE 10618, 2017 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Advanced Optical Sensors and Applications, 106180I (10 January 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2295179; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2295179
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