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Electro-magnetically Actuated Minute Polymer Pump Fabricated using Packaging Technology

Balaji, G and Singh, A and Ananthasuresh, GK (2006) Electro-magnetically Actuated Minute Polymer Pump Fabricated using Packaging Technology. In: International MEMS Conference 2006, MAY 09-12, 2006, Singapore, SINGAPORE, pp. 258-263.

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Design, fabrication and preliminary testing of a flat pump with millimetre thickness are described in this paper. The pump is entirely made of polymer materials barring the magnet and copper coils used for electromagnetic actuation. The fabrication is carried out using widely available microelectronic packaging machinery and techniques. Therefore, the fabrication of the pump is straightforward and inexpensive. Two types of prototypes are designed and built. One consists of copper coils that are etched on an epoxy plate and the other has wound insulated wire of 90 mu m diameter to serve as a coil. The overall size of the first pump is 25 mm x 25 mm x 3.6 mm including the 3.1 mm-thick NdFeB magnet of diameter 12 mm. It consists of a pump chamber of 20 mm x 20 mm x 0.8 mm with copper coils etched from a copper-clad epoxy plate using dry-film lithography and milled using a CNC milling machine, two passive valves and the pump-diaphragm made of Kapton film of 0.089 mm thickness. The second pump has an overall size of 35 mm x 35 mm x 4.4 mm including the magnet and the windings. A breadboard circuit and DC power supply are used to test the pump by applying an alternating square-wave voltage pulse. A water slug in a tube attached to the inlet is used to observe and measure the air-flow induced by the pump against atmospheric pressure. The maximum flow rate was found to be 15 ml/min for a voltage of 2.5 V and a current of 19 mA at 68 Hz.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Series.: Journal of Physics Conference Series
Publisher: IOP Publishing ltd
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IOP Publishing ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 09:15
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2011 06:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/36218

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