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Closed-Loop Pressure Feedback Control of a Pressure-Driven Microdroplet Generator

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Wen Zeng, Hai Fu, Songjing Li

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Paper No. FPNI2016-1524, pp. V001T01A018; 7 pages
  • 9th FPNI Ph.D. Symposium on Fluid Power
  • 9th FPNI Ph.D. Symposium on Fluid Power
  • Florianópolis, SC, Brazil, October 26–28, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Net International (FPNI), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5047-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


To predict the size of droplets formed by pressure-driven flows, the droplet size as a nonlinear function of the pressure ratio is measured experimentally. The mathematical model of the pressure-driven microfluidic device is established, and by varying the volume of a container, comparative and quantitative measurements of the response speed and control accuracy of pressure-driven flows are presented. In particular, a closed-loop control system with feedback of the driven pressure is demonstrated, and the deviation between the measured and the predicted value of the driven pressure can be eliminated by using a PI controller. As a result, by accurately controlling the driven pressure of pressure-driven flows, monodisperse droplets with a desired size can be formed for pressure-driven microdroplet generators.

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