Development of large flow rate, robust, passive micro check valves for compact piezoelectrically actuated pumps
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Sens. Actuator A-Phys.
microvalve and array; hydraulic actuator; electroforming; large flow; rate; high frequency; high pressure; Engineering, Electrical & Electronic; Instruments & Instrumentation
A robust passive high frequency high pressure micro check valve was developed for piezoelectrically actuated pumps. A novel cross-patterned microvalve flap is used to increase the valve's structural stiffness with pressures up to 10 MPa. A mechanical valve stopper prevents valve-flap failure under extreme high pressure. The valve-flap is also designed to work at frequency larger than 10,000 Hz. The valve-flap was fabricated with electroformed nickel on silicon substrate. Deep RIE etching was used to fabricate the valve channels in the silicon substrate. The whole valve weighs 0.2 g including packaging. The microvalve flow rate (water) is measured to be 18 cm(3)/s under a pressure difference of 50 psi. The microvalve was integrated with a compact piezoelectric pump and produced pressure of 350 psi when operated at 10 kHz frequency. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Sensors and Actuators a-Physical
"Development of large flow rate, robust, passive micro check valves for compact piezoelectrically actuated pumps" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5394.