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Optimization of Micropump Performance Utilizing a Single Membrane with an Active Check Valve

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Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Hai Phong University, 171 Phan Dang Luu Road, Kien An District, Hai Phong City 180000, Vietnam
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Material and Chemistry Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 31040, Taiwan
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Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung City 84001, Taiwan
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Micromachines 2018, 9(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9010001
Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 11 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 21 December 2017
In this study, we successfully designed and tested a new micropump that utilizes an active check valve and bottom-protruding structure to achieve sample transportation. We performed theoretical analyses and numerical simulations to determine the optimal location of the active check valve. We also experimentally analyzed variations in the generated flow rate with respect to the pneumatic frequencies, actuated air pressures, and locations of the active check valve. The experimental results indicate the optimum air pressure, driving frequency, and location of the active check valve to be 68.9 kPa, 26.0 Hz, and 2.0 mm, respectively. We obtained a maximum pumping rate of 488 μL/min and a maximum pumping efficiency of 35.4%. The proposed micropump could perform a crucial function in the transportation of microfluids and could be incorporated into micro total analysis systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: micropump; active check-valve; bottom-protruding structure; pumping efficiency micropump; active check-valve; bottom-protruding structure; pumping efficiency
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Bui, G.T.; Wang, J.-H.; Lin, J.-L. Optimization of Micropump Performance Utilizing a Single Membrane with an Active Check Valve. Micromachines 2018, 9, 1.

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