Normally closed plunger-membrane microvalve self-actuated electrically using a shape memory alloy wire

Normally closed plunger-membrane microvalve self-actuated electrically using a shape memory alloy... Various microfluidic architectures designed for in vivo and point-of-care diagnostic applications require larger channels, autonomous actuation, and portability. In this paper, we present a normally closed microvalve design capable of fully autonomous actuation for wide diameter microchannels (tens to hundreds of µm). We fabricated the multilayer plunger-membrane valve architecture using the silicone elastomer, poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and optimized it to reduce the force required to open the valve. A 50-µm Nitinol (NiTi) shape memory alloy wire is incorporated into the device and can operate the valve when actuated with 100-mA current delivered from a 3-V supply. We characterized the valve for its actuation kinetics using an electrochemical assay and tested its reliability at 1.5-s cycle duration for 1 million cycles during which we observed no operational degradation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Microfluids and Nanofluids Springer Journals

Normally closed plunger-membrane microvalve self-actuated electrically using a shape memory alloy wire

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Biomedical Engineering; Analytical Chemistry; Nanotechnology and Microengineering
ISSN
1613-4982
eISSN
1613-4990
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10404-018-2049-1
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Abstract

Various microfluidic architectures designed for in vivo and point-of-care diagnostic applications require larger channels, autonomous actuation, and portability. In this paper, we present a normally closed microvalve design capable of fully autonomous actuation for wide diameter microchannels (tens to hundreds of µm). We fabricated the multilayer plunger-membrane valve architecture using the silicone elastomer, poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and optimized it to reduce the force required to open the valve. A 50-µm Nitinol (NiTi) shape memory alloy wire is incorporated into the device and can operate the valve when actuated with 100-mA current delivered from a 3-V supply. We characterized the valve for its actuation kinetics using an electrochemical assay and tested its reliability at 1.5-s cycle duration for 1 million cycles during which we observed no operational degradation.

Journal

Microfluids and NanofluidsSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 21, 2018

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