Recent advances in microscale pumping technologies: a review and evaluation

Brian D. Iverson, Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of Mechanical Engineering, and Cooling Technologies Research Center, Purdue University
Suresh Garimella, School of Mechanical Engineering

Date of this Version

January 2008

Citation

DOI 10.1007/s10404-008-0266-8

This document has been peer-reviewed.

 

Abstract

Micropumping has emerged as a critical research area for many electronics and biological applications. A significant driving force underlying this research has been the integration of pumping mechanisms in micro total analysis systems and other multi-functional analysis techniques. Uses in electronics packaging and micromixing and microdosing systems have also capitalized on novel pumping concepts. The present work builds upon a number of existing reviews of micropumping strategies by focusing on the large body of micropump advances reported in the very recent literature. Critical selection criteria are included for pumps and valves to aid in determining the pumping mechanism that is most appropriate for a given application. Important limitations or incompatibilities are also addressed. Quantitative comparisons are provided in graphical and tabular forms.

 

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