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Electronics 2019, 8(6), 624; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8060624
Secondary Freeform Lens Device Design with Stearic Acid for A Low-Glare Mosquito-Trapping System with Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Diodes
Department of Electrical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung City 807, Taiwan
Yuan General Hospital, Kaohsiung City 802, Taiwan
Department of Aviation and Communication Electronics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaohsiung City 820, Taiwan
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Hsinchu County 30401, Taiwan
Department of Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung City 807, Taiwan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 11 May 2019 / Accepted: 31 May 2019 / Published: 2 June 2019
Dengue fever is a public health issue of global concern. Taiwan is located in the subtropical region featuring humid and warm weather, which is conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes and flies. Together with global warming and the increasing frequency of international exchanges, in addition to the outbreak of pandemics and dengue fever, the number of people infected has increased rapidly. This study is dedicated to the development of a new mosquito-trapping system. Research has shown that specific wavelengths, colors, and temperatures are highly attractive to both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In this study, we create equipment which effectively improves the trapping capabilities of mosquitoes in a wider field. The design of the special Secondary Freeform Lens Device (SFLD) is used to expand the range for trapping mosquitoes and create illumination uniformity; it also directs light downward for the protection of users’ eyes. In addition, we use the correct amount of stearic acid as a mosquito attractant to allow a better control effect against mosquitoes during the day. In summary, when the UV LED mosquito trapping system is combined with a quadratic free-form lens, the experimental results show that the system can extend the capture range to 100 π m2 in which the number of captured mosquitoes is increased by about 350%.
Keywords:mosquitoes; Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus; secondary freeform lens device (SFLD); stearic
Dengue fever is a public health issue of global concern. Zika virus, dengue fever, [1,2] chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. More than half of the world’s population live in areas where this mosquito species is present. To date, there are still no dengue vaccines or therapeutic drugs. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold over the past 30 years. Vector-mosquito control is the main prevention and treatment method against this disease.
Taiwan is in the subtropical region and enters the season of facilitated dengue infection every summer, especially in southern Taiwan. According to the statistics of the Disease Control Agency, it is enters an epidemic period from July to November every year. Dengue fever is an arthropod-borne virus.
The main vectors are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Aedes aegypti are mainly distributed in tropical and subtropical countries south of the Tropic of Cancer, including Southeast Asian countries, parts of the Pacific Ocean, Central and South America, Northern Australia, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean, etc. (Guzman et al., 2010;  Li et al. 2007 ).
There are still no effective vaccines or drugs for treating dengue, but there has been continuous research, development, and improvement. General mosquito repellent products use mosquito vision and phototaxis to attract the insects. Possible physical trapping factors for mosquitoes include light, color, and carbon dioxide concentration (see Brown et al. [5,6]). Mosquitoes have been found to be highly sensitive to wavelength, direction, light intensity, color, and contrast. A cross-sectional analysis of mosquito eyes by Kay  et al. revealed their sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light. A study by Shimoda et al.  explored pest control using low-energy and specific-wavelength light emitting diode (LED) sources.
The effectiveness of the luminescent traps used to guide mosquitoes has been supported by the above studies and experimental evidence. Moreover, such illuminating trap systems for guiding mosquitoes are now mass-produced and widely used. The Secondary Freeform Lens Device can be used to control the angle and range of illumination of UV LED strips to effectively enhance mosquito attraction. For example, to efficiently trap mosquitos, a secondary lens, which relies on total internal reflection (TIR)  and the bird-wing asymmetrical reflector , was proposed by Tseng et al. to accomplish a UV LED with wide-angled batwing light distribution. In this paper, a system is proposed with a novel TIR lens array with stearic acid can achieve 300% times the effectiveness of commercial products in terms of its mosquito-trapping efficiency.
2. Principles and Methods
2.1. Principles of the UV LED Mosquito-Trapping Device
The outgoing surface of the freeform lens is responsible for refracting its incident light to achieve the design targets. The light refracted by the outgoing surface is governed by Snell’s law.
The vector equation of Snell’s law is expressed as follows: where O is the refraction unit vector; n1 is the refractive index of incidence within the lens; n0 is the refractive index of reflection within the lens; I denotes the incident unit vector; and N is the normal vector corresponding to the incident and refraction vectors.
To improve the optical efficiency of the mosquito trapping system, the UV LED lamp is combined with a quadratic free-form lens, and its reflecting surface is designed to totally and internally reflect the LED emitting light to the outgoing surface. To facilitate prototyping and optical testing, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is used as the material of the Secondary Freeform Lens Device (SFLD) prototyping sample in the experiments.
2.2. Use of Stearic Acid as a Mosquito Attractant
Previous studies have demonstrated that the attraction of dengue fever mosquitos to humans is increased by the presence of acid. Moreover, humans have uniquely high levels of skin-borne lactic acid when compared with other mammals, which is similar to stearic acid in terms of smell. In previous studies, lactic acid and stearic acid have been shown to be attractants of the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti L. (Acree et al. 1968 ; Smith et al. 1970 ; Eiras and Jepson 1991 ; Geier et al. 1996 ; Bernier et al. 2002 ). Knols et al. (1997)  demonstrated that a blend of 12 carboxylic acids affected the behavior of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae Giles sensu stricto.
In summary, lactic acid and stearic acid may play a critical role in the host-seeking behavior of anthropophilic mosquitoes, which seem to have adapted to utilize this human compound (Dekker et al. 2002) .
2.3. Design Method
The design flow of the SFLD is shown in Figure 1.
The luminous intensity distribution curve (LIDC) and uniform illumination of the UV LED mosquito trap system was set as the main target of the SFLD design advantage function. In the SFLD design process, the total internal reflection surface and the output surface can be freely modified; the the trapping range of the UV LED mosquito trapping system can expand the range of trapping mosquitoes and, furthermore, better control the effects of dengue fever.
Additionally, Aedes aegypti plays a considerable role in the transmission of dengue fever. The lifespan of Aedes aegypti is about 30 days; in contrast, the lifespan of Aedes albopictus is about 14 days (Chen, 2006) . After the vector mosquito bites the viremia patient, the virus takes about 10 days to travel from the gastrointestinal tract of the mosquito to the salivary gland. After about 8–12 days, the vector mosquito will have the ability to spread the virus for life. Therefore, the right amount of stearic acid as a mosquito attractant has a better control effect on active mosquitoes during the day (Aedes aegypti L.).
Next, we set the target light mode for the secondary freeform lens device (SFLD) and used a PMMA (PolyMethyl MethAcrylate) with a refractive index of 1.49 and a TIR critical angle of 42.15 degrees (10) as the material, as shown in Figure 2.
3. Experiments and Results
3.1. Optical Model of a Secondary Freeform Lens Device
We designed and optimized the SFLD with Solidworks software, as shown in Figure 3.
We simulated and analyzed the luminous intensity distribution curve (LIDC) in the space of the traditional LED mosquito lamp and the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module using the TracePro optical software, as shown in Figure 4.
The light-intensity distribution angle and the divergent angle centering the angle of the new trapper were targeted at 130°, 150°, and 170°, respectively, in the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module using the TracePro optical software optimization process. We found the SFLD_UV LED module can restrict upward UV ray generation to decrease the glare for the human eye and cover the trapping area as far as possible.
3.2. Process PMMA to Create a SFLD Model
3.3. Luminous Intensity Distribution Measurements
We used the ProMetric near field measurement system (PM-NFMS) developed by Radiant Vision Systems Co, and we measured the LIDC measurements of the LED lights as shown in Figure 6.
3.4. Real Machine Verification and Data Analysis
On the basis of the above three different central angles of the SFLD, three sets of the SFLD modules were prototyped and installed with inward air flow for the experiments, as shown in Figure 7. The 3W commercial mosquito trapper was also used in the experiments for comparison, as shown in Figure 8. After the experiments, the amounts of captured mosquitos were compared and are shown in Figure 9. On the basis of the results, it can be calculated that the trapped mosquito numbers are elevated by 350% by the proposed system at most in compared with the conventional method. It was found that the LIDC of the SFLD module with a central angle of 150° had the best result of all experimental systems.
To verify the effect of use of stearic acid as a mosquito attractant on the proposed system, stearic acid was smeared on the reflective surface portion of the UV LED mosquito-trapping system, as shown in Figure 10.
Because stearic acid can have a critical role in the host-seeking behavior of anthropophilic mosquitoes, the SFLD module with a central angle of 150° for a UV LED mosquito-trapper was used as the test sample to evaluate the difference before and after the coating of stearic acid in terms of mosquito trapping efficiency. According to our experiments, it was found that the trapped amount can be even elevated by 50% after applying the coating, as shown in Figure 11.
The experimental results showed that the specific secondary free-form lens device (SFLD) can be used to change the trapping range of the UV LED mosquito trapping system. The LIDC of the SFLD module with a central angle of 150° was the best of all experimental systems. Additionally, it can be extended to 100 πm2 in terms of the outdoor trapping range. The number of mosquitoes captured by the UV LED mosquito trap system increased by about 350% in comparison with the general violet blue LED mosquito trap. In addition, when using the appropriate amount of stearic acid as a mosquito attractant, the UV LED mosquito trapping system of the SFLD module demonstrated a better control effect on mosquitoes during the day. According to our experiments, we found that, after coating, the amount of capture can be increased by 50%.
We can choose not to use chemical methods to fight mosquitoes to avoid harming people and the environment. We designed and optimized a mosquito trap, and, through the actual machine test, the UV LED mosquito trapping system of the SFLD module offers obvious advantages. The effectiveness of mosquito trapping is a disease vector control device that is worth promoting.
Conceptualization, W.-H.T., H.-Y.M. and H.-Y.L.; Data curation, W.-H.T. and C.-H.C.; Formal analysis, W.-H.T. and H.-Y.L.; Funding acquisition, D.J., W.-C.H. and H.-Y.L.; Methodology, W.-H.T. and Y.C.C.; Project administration, W.-C.H. and H.-Y.M.; Resources, D.J., W.-C.H., W.-S.H., H.-Y.M. and H.-Y.L.; Supervision, D.J. and H.-Y.M.; Validation, W.-H.T. and W.-S.H.; Visualization, W.-H.T. and H.-Y.L.; Writing—original draft, W.-H.T.; Writing—review & editing, H.-Y.L. The authors of the present work made contributions to all of its parts.
This research received funding from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology and Yuan General Hospital.
This work was supported by the National Science Council of the Republic of China, project MOST 107-2622-E-992-002 -CC3.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Figure 1. The design process of the Secondary Freeform Lens Device (SFLD).
Figure 2. Target light pattern for the SFLD. (a) Lens of angle 130; (b) Lens of angle 150°; (c) Lens of angle 170°.
Figure 3. Design and optimization of the SFLD by Solidworks software.
Figure 4. Simulated and analyzed luminous intensity distribution curves (LIDCs) in the space of the traditional LED mosquito lamp and the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module. (a) The traditional LED mosquito lamp; (b) the traditional designed UV LED strip module of the semicircular lens; (c) the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module with an angle of 130°; (d) the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module with an angle of 150°; (e) the SFLD’s designed UV LED strip module with an angle of 170°; (f) the traditional LED mosquito lamp of LIDCs; (g) the UV LED strip designed semicircular lens module of LIDCs; (h) SFLD_UV LED module of LIDCs (130°); (i) SFLD_UV LED module of LIDCs (150°); (j) SFLD_UV LED module of LIDCs (170°).
Figure 5. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) model of SFLD. (a) Lens of angle 130°; (b) Lens of angle 150°; (c) Lens of angle 170°.
Figure 6. The 2D LIDC of the narrow UV LED strips and novel mosquito coil UV_LED strip modules (unit: mcd/Klm). (a) The 2D LIDC of the module of the traditional LED mosquito lamp; (b) The 2D LIDC of the module of the novel mosquito trap UV_LED light bar module (130°); (c) The 2D LIDC of the module of the novel mosquito trap UV_LED light bar module (150°); (d) The 2D LIDC of the module of the novel mosquito trap UV_LED light bar module (170°).
Figure 7. Proposed mosquito trapper with Secondary Freeform Lens Device and its mosquito trapping results.
Figure 8. Traditional mosquito trapper and its mosquito trapping results.
Figure 9. Comparison of the proposed mosquito trapper with Secondary Freeform Lens Device and the traditional one in terms of mosquito trapping number.
Figure 10. Use of the right amount of stearic acid as a mosquito attractant.
Figure 11. Comparison of the SFLD with a central angle of 150° for the UV LED mosquito-trapping system and that coated with stearic acid.
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