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16 August 2001 Piezoelectrically actuated miniature peristaltic pump
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There is a range of NASA experiments, instruments and applications where miniature pumps are needed. To address such needs, a piezoelectrically actuated miniature pump is being developed. This pump employs a novel volume displacing mechanism using flexural traveling waves that acts peristaltically and eliminates the need for valves or physically moving parts. This pump is being developed for planetary instruments and space applications. Finite element model was developed using ANSYS for the purpose of prediction of the resonance frequency of the vibrating mode for the piezo-pump driving stator. The model allows determining simultaneously the mode shapes that are associated with the various resonance frequencies. This capability is essential for designing the pump size and geometry. To predict and optimize the pump efficiency that is determined by the volume of pumping chambers the model was modified to perform harmonic analysis. Current capability allows the determination of the effect of such design parameters as pump geometry, construction materials and operating modes on the volume of the chambers that are formed between the peaks and valleys of the waves. Experiments were made using a breadboard of the pump and showed water-pumping rate of about 4.5 cc/min. The pump is continually being modified to enhance the performance and efficiency.
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Yoseph Bar-Cohen and Zensheu Chang "Piezoelectrically actuated miniature peristaltic pump", Proc. SPIE 4327, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (16 August 2001); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.436554
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