Special Issue "Gas Flows in Microsystems"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "A:Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Stéphane Colin

Université de Toulouse, Institut Clément Ader, 3 rue Caroline Aigle, 31400 Toulouse, France
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Phone: +33 (0) 5 61 17 10 95
Interests: microfluidics; gas microflows; fluidic microsystems; microscale heat transfer
Guest Editor
Dr. Lucien Baldas

Université de Toulouse, Institut Clément Ader, 3 rue Caroline Aigle, 31400 Toulouse, France
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Phone: +33 (0) 5 61 17 11 01
Interests: microfluidics; gas microflows; fluidic microsystems; particle-laden microflows

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last two decades have witnessed a rapid development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) involving gas microflows in various technical fields. Gas microflows can for example be observed in micro heat exchangers designed for chemical applications or for cooling of electronic components, in fluidic micro-actuators developed for active flow control purposes, in micronozzles used for the micropropulsion of nano and picosats, in micro gas chromatographs, analyzers or separators, in vacuum generators and in Knudsen micropumps, as well as in some organs-on-a-chip such as artificial lungs. These flows are rarefied due to the small MEMS dimensions and the rarefaction can be increased by low pressure conditions. The flows relate to the slip flow, transition or free molecular regimes, and can involve monatomic or polyatomic gases and gas mixtures. Hydrodynamics and heat and mass transfer are strongly impacted by rarefaction effects and temperature driven microflows offer new opportunities for designing original MEMS for gas pumping or separation. Accordingly, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on novel theoretical and numerical models or data, as well as on new experimental results and technics, for improving knowledge on heat and mass transfer in gas microflows. Papers dealing with the development of original gas MEMS are also welcome.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Prof. Stéphane Colin
Dr. Lucien Baldas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • gas microflows
  • rarefied flows
  • microscale heat and mass transfer in gases
  • gas MEMS
  • theoretical, experimental and numerical analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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