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Surface acoustic wave device based wireless passive microvalve for microfluidic applications
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Paper Abstract

There are vast advantages of using a SAW device based micro-valve in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (NEMS) such as secure, reliable and low power operation, small size, simplicity in construction and cost effectiveness. In this paper, a Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) based microvalve that generates micro actuations for micro-fluidic and similar applications is presented. The microvalve is batteryless and can be actuated wirelessly. The security of the device is enhanced by using a coded SAW correlator that is integrated as part of the microvalve. A theoretical analysis of how the actuation mechanism operates is carried out and simulation results of the new micro-valve structure are discussed. ANSYS simulation tool is used to design and simulate the micro-valve structure. Characteristics of the microvalve actuator in terms of displacement for different operating conditions are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6799, BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III, 67990H (27 December 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.765011
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Don W. Dissanayake, Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)
Said F. Al-Sarawi, Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)
Derek Abbott, Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6799:
BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III
Dan V. Nicolau; Derek Abbott; Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh; Tiziana Di Matteo; Sergey M. Bezrukov, Editor(s)

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