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Micropump technology and applications
Author(s): Frank T. Hartley
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes reversed engineered biological peristaltics through the insightful evolution of MEMS technology. While the emphasis on pump applications is in the miniaturization of spacecraft bus and payload, terrestrial applications are evident. For spacecraft propulsion, the use of the peristaltic pump as a low leakage valve, a pressure regulator and a flow meter are discussed. Spacecraft stabilization is addressed through a fluidic reaction wheel while thermal management of spacecraft, flight instruments and lander is addressed through heat pumps and Joule-Thompson compressors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3891, Electronics and Structures for MEMS, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364470
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Frank T. Hartley, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3891:
Electronics and Structures for MEMS
Neil W. Bergmann; Olaf Reinhold; Norman C. Tien, Editor(s)

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