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[Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems] Frequency-Controlled Wireless Passive Thermopneumatic Mi


This paper reports a novel wireless control of a thermopneumatic zigzag micromixer achieved by selectively activating two passive wireless heaters enabled by an external radiofrequency magnetic field. The two heaters, which are designed to have different resonant frequency (fᵣ) values of 100 and 130 MHz, are selectively activated by modulating the field frequency to their corresponding fᵣ values. Each heater is responsible for heating an air-heating chamber that is connected to a loading reservoir through a microdiffuser element, while the solutions pumped from each reservoir are mixed in a zigzag micromixing element that ends with an outlet hole. Mixing is achieved in a relatively short mixing length of a 2 mm, and was investigated over a low range of Reynold's number (Re) ≤ 10 that is suitable various biomedical applications. The numerically simulated and measured results of the proposed micromixer have shown mixing efficiencies values higher than 82% for the whole range of Re. The optimal activation switching time of the heaters is 10 s, at which the micromixer achieves a steady value of the maximum mixing efficiency after ~65 s. The micromixer provides mixing-ratio controllability with a maximum flow rate and pressure drop of ~3.4 μL/min and ~385.22 Pa, respectively. [2016-0310]

Published in: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems ( Volume: PP, Issue: 99 ) Page(s): 1 - 13 Date of Publication: 24 April 2017 ISSN Information: Print ISSN: 1057-7157 Online ISSN: 1941-0158 DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2017.2692251 Publisher: IEEE

Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7907193/

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