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Finite Element Modeling of a Microdroplet Generator With Integrated Sensing

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William S. Rone, Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Paper No. DETC2011-48027, pp. 779-784; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper describes the analysis of a novel microdroplet generator’s integrated sensing capability using finite element simulation. The dominant paradigm for utilizing droplet generation is with either open-loop or externally-sensed closed-loop methods, each with significant disadvantages in terms of reliability and large-scale implementation, respectively. This work utilizes a system designed with a compressible gas reservoir adjacent to the incompressible droplet liquid reservoir. The compressible gas pressure changes as liquid droplets are dispensed from the constant volume fluid reservoir. This change was found to be linearly dependent on the size of the droplet that was ejected, validating this gas reservoir pressure as a useful means of indirectly measuring droplet size internally within the system.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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