Influence of Geometry and Surrounding Conditions on Fluid Flow in Paper-Based Devices
AbstractFluid flow behaviour in paper is of increasing interest due to the advantages and expanding use of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (known as µPADs). Applications are expanding from those which often have low sample fluid volumes, such as diagnostic testing, to those with an abundance of sample fluid, such as water quality testing. The rapid development of enhanced features in μPADs, along with a need for increased sensitivity and specificity in the embedded chemistry requires understanding the passively-driven fluid motion in paper to enable precise control and consistency of the devices. It is particularly important to understand the influence of parameters associated with larger fluid volumes and to quantify their impact. Here, we experimentally investigate the impacts of several properties during imbibition in paper, including geometry (larger width and length) and the surrounding conditions (humidity and temperature) using abundant fluid reservoirs. Fluid flow velocity in paper was found to vary with temperature and width, but not with length of the paper strip and humidity for the conditions we tested. We observed substantial post-wetting flow for paper strips in contact with a large fluid reservoir. View Full-Text
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Walji, N.; MacDonald, B.D. Influence of Geometry and Surrounding Conditions on Fluid Flow in Paper-Based Devices. Micromachines 2016, 7, 73.
Walji N, MacDonald BD. Influence of Geometry and Surrounding Conditions on Fluid Flow in Paper-Based Devices. Micromachines. 2016; 7(5):73.Chicago/Turabian Style
Walji, Noosheen; MacDonald, Brendan D. 2016. "Influence of Geometry and Surrounding Conditions on Fluid Flow in Paper-Based Devices." Micromachines 7, no. 5: 73.