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Micromachines 2017, 8(9), 267; doi:10.3390/mi8090267

How to Make a Fast, Efficient Bubble-Driven Micromotor: A Mechanical View

State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
Department of Mechanics and Engineering Structure, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
Infrastructure Management Department, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
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Received: 29 July 2017 / Revised: 17 August 2017 / Accepted: 23 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Locomotion at Small Scales: From Biology to Artificial Systems)
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Micromotors, which can be moved at a micron scale, have special functions and can perform microscopic tasks. They have a wide range of applications in various fields with the advantages of small size and high efficiency. Both high speed and efficiency for micromotors are required in various conditions. However, the dynamical mechanism of bubble-driven micromotors movement is not clear, owing to various factors affecting the movement of micromotors. This paper reviews various factors acting on micromotor movement, and summarizes appropriate methods to improve the velocity and efficiency of bubble-driven micromotors, from a mechanical view. The dynamical factors that have significant influence on the hydrodynamic performance of micromotors could be divided into two categories: environment and geometry. Improving environment temperature and decreasing viscosity of fluid accelerate the velocity of motors. Under certain conditions, raising the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is applied. However, a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is not applicable. In the environment of low concentration, changing the geometry of micromotors is an effective mean to improve the velocity of micromotors. Increasing semi-cone angle and reducing the ratio of length to radius for tubular and rod micromotors are propitious to increase the speed of micromotors. For Janus micromotors, reducing the mass by changing the shape into capsule and shell, and increasing the surface roughness, is applied. This review could provide references for improving the velocity and efficiency of micromotors. View Full-Text
Keywords: bubble-driven micromotors; dynamic mechanism; geometric design; environmental factor bubble-driven micromotors; dynamic mechanism; geometric design; environmental factor

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Liu, L.; Bai, T.; Chi, Q.; Wang, Z.; Xu, S.; Liu, Q.; Wang, Q. How to Make a Fast, Efficient Bubble-Driven Micromotor: A Mechanical View. Micromachines 2017, 8, 267.

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