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  1. A novel microgripper hybrid driven by a piezoelectric stack actuator and piezoelectric cantilever actuators

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    Chen, Weilin; Zhang, Xianmin; Fatikow, Sergej

    2016-11-01

    For the piezo-driven microgripper, one issue is to enlarge the grasping stroke and realize parallel grasping movement in the compact design. Piezoelectric stack actuator (PSA) and piezoelectric cantilever actuator (PCA) are two kinds of typical piezoelectric actuators. In this study, a novel microgripper hybrid driven by a PSA and two PCAs is proposed, which can be a better solution for the issue, compared with the previous microgripper using PSA-driven multi-stages displacement amplification mechanism (DAM) or using longer and narrower PCAs. A compact one-stage orthogonal DAM is proposed for the PSA in the microgripper, which can enlarge the grasping stroke and realize parallel grasping movement. The proposed orthogonal DAM is a triangulation amplification-based mechanism with undetermined structural parameters. Bidirectional symmetric input forces/displacements are not required in the proposed design. The number of the undetermined parameters and the solution principle are analyzed. Finite element analysis is used to verify the proposed DAM. The gripper arms are designed as two PCAs, for which the grasping and parasitic movements of the free end are modeled. Piezoelectric-static coupling finite element analysis is used to verify the models. The PCAs-driven grasping with considerable parasitic movement can be used in the coarse positioning. The integration of the hybrid-driven microgripper is presented, and its performances are presented and verified by experiments.

  2. Modelling of non-symmetric piezoelectric bimorphs

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    Brissaud, Michel

    2004-11-01

    This paper deals with the modelling of non-symmetric piezoelectric bimorphs used in micromechanics or microsystems (MEMs). An analytical modelling including the elastic and geometric parameters of the substrate, bonding material, piezoelectric layer and electrodes is carried out. This model has been applied to bimorphs having different types of boundary conditions, that is clamped edges (CC), clamped and free edges (CF) or simply supported edges (SS). When the bimorph is used as an actuator, the resonance frequency and displacement of different types of bimorphs are calculated. Open circuit voltage, displacement and resonance frequency are determined when the bimorph is used as a sensor. The influence of the parameters of the bonding layer has been determined. A new method for calculating the global quality factor of bimorphs versus the quality factor of each layer is given. This method can easily be applied to all types of bimorphs (CC, CF, SS). The analytical form of the evolution of the resonance frequency and the sensitivity is deduced from the general modelling and theoretical models and are compared to those given by the finite element method and discussed.

  3. Thermal vertical bimorph actuators and their applications

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    Sehr, H J

    2002-01-01

    In this thesis, a novel concept for lateral actuators based on vertical bimorphs is presented. Vertical bimorphs consist of silicon beams side-coated with aluminium, which bend when heated due to the different thermal expansion coefficients of the two materials causing a displacement in the wafer plane. The heating of the actuator is provided by an electrical current through the silicon beam. The simplest implementation of a vertical bimorph actuator is a clamped-clamped beam. To obtain higher deflections, a meander shaped actuator has been designed. By combining four meander actuators, a two-dimensional positioning stage has been realised. The meander actuator has also been applied for normally closed and normally open micro-relays. Analytical calculations and ANSYS simulations have been carried out to predict the physical behaviour of the bimorph devices, including temperature distribution, static deflection, vertical stiffness, thermal time constant and lateral resonances. For both the clamped-clamped beam...

  4. Peristaltic ion source

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    Brown, I.G.; Anders, A.; Anders, S.; Dickinson, M.R.; MacGill, R.A.

    1995-08-01

    Conventional ion sources generate energetic ion beams by accelerating the plasma-produced ions through a voltage drop at the extractor, and since it is usual that the ion beam is to propagate in a space which is at ground potential, the plasma source is biased at extractor voltage. For high ion beam energy the plasma source and electrical systems need to be raised to high voltage, a task that adds considerable complexity and expense to the total ion source system. The authors have developed a system which though forming energetic ion beams at ground potential as usual, operates with the plasma source and electronics at ground potential also. Plasma produced by a nearby source streams into a grided chamber that is repetitively pulsed from ground to high positive potential, sequentially accepting plasma into its interior region and ejecting it energetically. They call the device a peristaltic ion source. In preliminary tests they`ve produced nitrogen and titanium ion beams at energies from 1 to 40 keV. Here they describe the philosophy behind the approach, the test embodiment that they have made, and some preliminary results.

  5. Polymer constraint effect for electrothermal bimorph microactuators

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    Chu Duc, T.; Lau, G.K.; Sarro, P.M.

    2007-01-01

    The authors report on the analysis of the polymer constraint effect and its use for a micromachined electrothermal bimorph actuator. The actuated displacement is enhanced due to the polymer constraint effect. Both the thermal expansion and apparent Young’s modulus of the constrained polymer blocks a

  6. Performance analysis of piezoelectric bimorph generator

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    2008-01-01

    In this paper,the theoretical model and simulation of the performance of a piezoelectric (PZT)bimorph generator is introduced.The generator consists of two piezoelectric plates bonded on a substrate metal plate.For an effective electromechanical coupling coefficient (EECC) and the generated energy,the analytical formulae are established with the thickness ratio and the Young's modulus ratio as variables.After giving correlative material parameters,the EECC and generated energy can be computed.The results show that there is a optimal thickness ratio for a piezoelectric bimorph generator to achieve the maximum EECC and electrical energy.The EECC and generated energy decrease with an increase of the Young's modulus ratio.In addition,the influence of mechanical source on electrical energy generation and power output is also considered.

  7. TRAVELING MACHINE DRIVEN BY PIEZOELECTRIC BIMORPH

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    HUA Shunming; CHENG Guangming; FAN Zunqiang; YANG Zhigang; SUZUKI Katsiyoshi

    2007-01-01

    A rectangular bimorph will vibrate in bending mode under alternating current (AC) electric field. If two opposite tips along longitudinal direction are both clamped, the maximum magnitude of bending displacement occurs on the short center line. Using bimorph type vibrators forementioned as actuators, an invention of simple traveling machine based on stick-slip principle is presented. The machine can not only move along both x and y direction within horizontal working plane, furthermore, excellent bearing ability and agile response as well as stable step are also proved. In addition, the machine can work on stepping mode and scanning mode at the same time, hence the contradiction between long stroke and high precise positioning is solved. Therefore, it meets the needs of micro/nanometer precise positioning under long stroke and is desired to be used as carrying stage for micro-assembling system and locomotive mechanism for miniature robot system.

  8. BIMORPH PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR FOR SMALL PIPE ROBOT

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    2002-01-01

    An experimental bimorph piezoelectric element (PZT) actuator for small pipe robot is developed. The robotcan move in φ 20 mm pipe, and can carry a CCD camera for detecting cracks or fine holes on inner surface of pipe. Thevelocity of the robot can reach 17~22 mm/s for vertical pipe up/down, respectively. Moving principle and its perfor-mance characteristics are presented.

  9. Flow Energy Piezoelectric Bimorph Nozzle Harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffery L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; Arrazola, Alvaro

    2014-01-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  10. Design and fabrication of aspherical bimorph PZT optics

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    Tseng, T C; Yeh, Z C; Perng, S Y; Wang, D J; Kuan, C K; Chen, J R; Chen, C T

    2001-01-01

    Bimorph piezoelectric optics with a third-order-polynomial surface is designed and a prototype is fabricated as active optics. Two pairs of silicon (Si) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic are bonded as Si-PZT-PZT-Si together with a multi-electrode or thin film resistor coating used as the control electrode between Si and PZT and metallic films as grounding between the interface of PZT ceramics. A linear voltage is applied to the bimorph PZT optics by probing the control electrodes from a two-channel controllable power supplier. In doing so, the optics surface can achieve a desired third-order-polynomial surface. Reducing hysteresis and creep in bimorph PZT X-ray optics is the only feasible way by inserting an appropriate capacitor in series with bimorph PZT optics to significantly reduce both effects.

  11. NiMnGa/Si Shape Memory Bimorph Nanoactuation

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    Lambrecht, Franziska; Lay, Christian; Aseguinolaza, Iván R.; Chernenko, Volodymyr; Kohl, Manfred

    2016-12-01

    The size dependences of thermal bimorph and shape memory effect of nanoscale shape memory alloy (SMA)/Si bimorph actuators are investigated in situ in a scanning electron microscope and by finite element simulations. By combining silicon nanomachining and magnetron sputtering, freestanding NiMnGa/Si bimorph cantilever structures with film/substrate thickness of 200/250 nm and decreasing lateral dimensions are fabricated. Electrical resistance and mechanical beam bending tests upon direct Joule heating demonstrate martensitic phase transformation and reversible thermal bimorph effect, respectively. Corresponding characteristics are strongly affected by the large temperature gradient in the order of 50 K/µm forming along the nano bimorph cantilever upon electro-thermal actuation, which, in addition, depends on the size-dependent heat conductivity in the Si nano layer. Furthermore, the martensitic transformation temperatures show a size-dependent decrease by about 40 K for decreasing lateral dimensions down to 200 nm. The effects of heating temperature and stress distribution on the nanoactuation performance are analyzed by finite element simulations revealing thickness ratio of SMA/Si of 90/250 nm to achieve an optimum SME. Differential thermal expansion and thermo-elastic effects are discriminated by comparative measurements and simulations on Ni/Si bimorph reference actuators.

  12. Theoretical modelling of non-symmetric circular piezoelectric bimorphs

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    Brissaud, Michel

    2006-05-01

    This paper deals with the theoretical modelling of non-symmetric and symmetric circular bimorphs. The model is restricted to the study of flexural vibration modes having radial symmetry (axisymmetry), as is often the case for piezoelectric devices such as MEMs. The calculation of the resonance frequencies and the displacement of the non-symmetric circular bimorph has been carried out and the influence of the elastic and geometric parameters of the cement layer has been introduced into the model. As is shown, the modelling of non-symmetric and symmetric circular bimorphs reduces to the determination of two global quantities: the global rigidity DG and the global Poisson ratio σG of the bimorph which is then equivalent to a homogenous element. Consequently, the results obtained with elastic and homogeneous circular plates can be applied to non-symmetric and symmetric bimorphs with the only condition of using the global DG and σG. The new modelling was applied to bimorph functioning either as an actuator or as a sensor and having a simply supported or clamped edge. The electromechanical coupling factor of flexure modes has been calculated and compared to the radial mode. Comparison between analytical models and simulations using the finite-element method is given and discussed.

  13. Modelling of a cantilever non-symmetric piezoelectric bimorph

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    Brissaud, Michel; Ledren, Sarah; Gonnard, P.

    2003-11-01

    The aim of this paper is the modelling of a non-symmetric bimorph constituted by a piezoelectric material deposited on an alumina substrate and used either as an actuator or a sensor. Theoretical modelling based on the flexural modes of the structure is carried out and the influence of the electrode characteristics (geometrical dimensions and elastic parameters) is introduced in the modelling for calculating the bimorph bending displacement. In actuator mode, the electrical admittance of the cantilever non-symmetric bimorph is stated and the intrinsic electromechanical coupling factor linked to the bimorph bending motion is deduced and compared with that defined in IEEE Standards. The analytical modelling was used for characterizing a cantilever bimorph constituted by a piezoelectric thick film deposited on an alumina substrate. A trial and error fitting method is described for determining the elastic, piezoelectric and dielectric constants of the piezoelectric material. The influence of the electrode parameters is calculated and the measurement uncertainty is deduced. In sensor mode the open voltage delivered by the bent piezoelectric layer and the electrical equivalent circuit of the bimorph are given. Theoretical results are compared with those obtained by the finite element method, and discussed.

  14. Development of a Micro-Gripper Using Piezoelectric Bimorphs

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    Nur Azah Hamzaid

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Piezoelectric bimorphs have been used as a micro-gripper in many applications, but the system might be complex and the response performance might not have been fully characterized. In this study the dynamic characteristics of bending piezoelectric bimorphs actuators were theoretically and experimentally investigated for micro-gripping applications in terms of deflection along the length, transient response, and frequency response with varying driving voltages and driving signals. In addition, the implementation of a parallel micro-gripper using bending piezoelectric bimorphs was presented. Both fingers were actuated separately to perform mini object handling. The bending piezoelectric bimorphs were fixed as cantilevers and individually driven using a high voltage amplifier and the bimorph deflection was measured using a non contact proximity sensor attached at the tip of one finger. The micro-gripper could perform precise micro-manipulation tasks and could handle objects down to 50 µm in size. This eliminates the need for external actuator extension of the microgripper as the grasping action was achieved directly with the piezoelectric bimorph, thus minimizing the weight and the complexity of the micro-gripper.

  15. Bimorph mirrors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Alcock, Simon G.; Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal J. S.; Hall, David R.; McAuley, Katherine; Sorensen, Thomas

    2013-05-01

    Bimorph mirrors are widely used by the X-ray, Laser, Space, and Astronomy communities to focus or collimate photon beams. Applying voltages to the embedded piezo ceramics enables the user to globally bend the optical substrate to a range of figures (including cylindrical, parabolic, and elliptical), and finely correct low spatial frequency errors, thus improving optical performance. Bimorph mirrors are employed on numerous synchrotron X-ray beamlines, including several at Diamond Light Source. However, many such beamlines were not achieving the desired size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Metrology data from ex-situ, slope measuring profilometry (using the Diamond-NOM) and in-situ, synchrotron X-ray "pencil-beam" scans, revealed sharp defects on the optical substrate directly above the locations at which the piezo ceramics are bonded together. This so-called "junction effect" has been observed on a variety of bimorph mirrors with different numbers of piezos, substrate length, and thickness. To repair this damage, three pairs of bimorph mirrors were re-polished at Thales-SESO. We review the re-polishing process, and show that it successfully removed the junction effect, and significantly improved beamline performance. Since the internal structure of the bimorph mirrors was not modified during re-polishing, it is hoped that the mirrors will retain their surface quality, and remain operational for many years. We also highlight the combination of super-polishing techniques with bimorph technology to create the "Ultimate" mirror, and discuss a next generation, bimorph mirror which is predicted not to suffer from the junction effect.

  16. Bimorph mirrors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Alcock, Simon G., E-mail: simon.alcock@diamond.ac.uk [Diamond Light Source Ltd., Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal J.S.; Hall, David R.; McAuley, Katherine; Sorensen, Thomas [Diamond Light Source Ltd., Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)

    2013-05-11

    Bimorph mirrors are widely used by the X-ray, Laser, Space, and Astronomy communities to focus or collimate photon beams. Applying voltages to the embedded piezo ceramics enables the user to globally bend the optical substrate to a range of figures (including cylindrical, parabolic, and elliptical), and finely correct low spatial frequency errors, thus improving optical performance. Bimorph mirrors are employed on numerous synchrotron X-ray beamlines, including several at Diamond Light Source. However, many such beamlines were not achieving the desired size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Metrology data from ex-situ, slope measuring profilometry (using the Diamond-NOM) and in-situ, synchrotron X-ray “pencil-beam” scans, revealed sharp defects on the optical substrate directly above the locations at which the piezo ceramics are bonded together. This so-called “junction effect” has been observed on a variety of bimorph mirrors with different numbers of piezos, substrate length, and thickness. To repair this damage, three pairs of bimorph mirrors were re-polished at Thales-SESO. We review the re-polishing process, and show that it successfully removed the junction effect, and significantly improved beamline performance. Since the internal structure of the bimorph mirrors was not modified during re-polishing, it is hoped that the mirrors will retain their surface quality, and remain operational for many years. We also highlight the combination of super-polishing techniques with bimorph technology to create the “Ultimate” mirror, and discuss a next generation, bimorph mirror which is predicted not to suffer from the junction effect.

  17. Distributed Sensing and Shape Control of Piezoelectric Bimorph Mirrors

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    Redmond, James M.; Barney, Patrick S.; Henson, Tammy D.

    1999-07-28

    As part of a collaborative effort between Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Kentucky to develop a deployable mirror for remote sensing applications, research in shape sensing and control algorithms that leverage the distributed nature of electron gun excitation for piezoelectric bimorph mirrors is summarized. A coarse shape sensing technique is developed that uses reflected light rays from the sample surface to provide discrete slope measurements. Estimates of surface profiles are obtained with a cubic spline curve fitting algorithm. Experiments on a PZT bimorph illustrate appropriate deformation trends as a function of excitation voltage. A parallel effort to effect desired shape changes through electron gun excitation is also summarized. A one dimensional model-based algorithm is developed to correct profile errors in bimorph beams. A more useful two dimensional algorithm is also developed that relies on measured voltage-curvature sensitivities to provide corrective excitation profiles for the top and bottom surfaces of bimorph plates. The two algorithms are illustrated using finite element models of PZT bimorph structures subjected to arbitrary disturbances. Corrective excitation profiles that yield desired parabolic forms are computed, and are shown to provide the necessary corrective action.

  18. Development of an innovative energy harvesting device using MFC bimorphs

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    Tabesh, Majid; Nguyen, The; Motlagh, Amin M.; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2009-03-01

    Recently, widespread attention has been directed towards scavenging energy from renewable sources such as wind. Piezoelectric materials are particularly suitable for capturing energy from motion since mechanical deflection of a piezoelectric specimen results in an electric displacement. This electricity can be stored in batteries or used to power portable devices. The present work is on the development of a device that can generate electricity from an oscillating motion using a piezoelectric Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) bimorph. Previously, bimorph vibration was created by a rotating or reciprocating part hitting the bimorph tip; whereas in the current work, base reciprocation excites the piezoelectric bimorph. The device includes a fan blade, which aligns with the direction of the wind and moves a rod in vertical direction. The microfiber composite beams (MFC) are attached to the upper end of the rod. Reciprocation of the rod acts as a harmonic excitation for the MFC bimorphs. Vibration of the MFCs produces electricity which is stored in a capacitor to be used to power electronic systems such as different types of remote sensors. Simulation and experimental results have been compared. In vibration and wind tunnel experiments, comparable amounts of energy were collected and accumulated in a capacitor.

  19. Theoretical analysis and simulation of thermoelastic deformation of bimorph microbeams

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    SHANG; YuanFang; YE; XiongYing; FENG; JinYang

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a purely mechanical model for the thermoelastic behavior of a bimorph microbeam is presented. The thermoelastic coupling problem of the microbeam is converted to a mechanical problem by simply replacing the thermal stress in the beam with a bulk force and a surface force. Thermoelastic deformation of the bimorph microbeams with constraints frequently used in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices has been derived based on this model and is characterized by FEA simulation. Coincidence of the results from theory and simulation demonstrates the validity of the model. The analysis shows that a bimorph microbeam with a soft constraint and a uniform temperature field has a larger thermoelastic deformation than that with a hard constraint and a linear temperature field. In addition to the adoption of materials with large CTE mismatch,thickness ratio and length ratio of the two layers need to be optimized to get a large thermoelastic deformation.

  20. A Peristaltic Meso-Scale Mixer

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    Bau, Haim; Yi, Mingqiang; Hu, Howard H.

    2000-11-01

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in developing minute laboratories on a "chip". Often, in order to facilitate chemical and biological reactions, one needs to mix various reagents and chemicals. Although the characteristic lengths associated with micro-devices are small, typically on the order of 100mm, in the case of large molecules, diffusion alone does not provide a sufficiently rapid means for mixing. Recent experimental[1] and theoretical[2] studies suggested the use of surface waves to induce peristaltic motion and enhance fluid stirring. We considered incompressible, viscous fluid confined in a rectangular cavity. One or two of the cavity walls were made of a thin membrane. Electric conductors were printed on the membrane. By passing appropriately phased alternating electric currents through these conductors in the presence of a magnetic field, relatively large amplitude travelling waves could be transmitted in cavity's walls and induce peristaltic motion. We describe the results of a theoretical study. We extended Selverov and Stone[2] theory to account for the presence of lateral boundaries. The induced velocity profiles were determined analytically for small amplitude waves (e) and numerically for waves of arbitrary amplitude. The effect of the peristaltic motion on the stretching and deformation of material lines were quantified. The work was supported, in part, by DARPA through grant N66001-97-1-8911 to the University of Pennsylvania. [1] Moroney, R. M., White, R., M., Howe, R., T., 1991, Ultrasonically Induced Microtransport, Proceedings IEEE Workshop Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 95 Amsterdam, 277-282. [2] Selverov, K., and Stone, H., A., 2000, Peristaltically Driven Flows for Micro Mixers, to appear in Physics of Fluids.

  1. An in-pipe micro robot actuated by piezoelectric bimorphs

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    LIU PinKuan; WEN ZhiJie; SUN LiNing

    2009-01-01

    A novel in-pipe micro robot providing stable and accurate locomotion inside a tubular structure with diameters ranging from 16 mm to 18 mm is presented in this paper. Driven by impulsive voltages, deflections of the piezoelectric bimorphs are generated and then converted into translational locomotion by the principle of the Impact Drive Mechanism (IDM). Theoretical analysis of the proposed system is performed based on a simplified mechanical model. Then dynamic simulations of the dynamic behavior are performed. Finally, an experiment is conducted to investigate the moving ability of this device. The results demonstrate that a maximum translational velocity of 3.5 mm/s can be obtained under an impulsive driving voltage with peak value at 50 V and frequency of 1100 Hz. Both theoretical analysis and experimental trials prove that the principle of IDM actuated by piezoelectric bimorphs is feasible and robust for achieving accurate locomotion of the micro robot in pipes with diameters of less than 20 mm.

  2. Impact drive rotary precision actuator with piezoelectric bimorphs

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    Hongzhuang ZHANG; Ping ZENG; Shunming HUA; Guangming CHENG; Zhigang YANG

    2008-01-01

    An impact drive rotary precision actuator with end-loaded piezoelectric cantilever bimorphs is proposed. According to finite element analysis and experiments of the dynamic characteristics of end-loaded piezoelectric cantilever bimorphs, a specific fixed-frequency and adjustable-amplitude is confirmed to control the actua-tor. The results show that an actuator excited by fixed-frequency and the adjustable-amplitude ramp voltage waveform works with a large travel range (180°), high resolution (1 μrad), speed (0.2 rad/min) and heavy-load ability (0.02 Nm). With advantages of high-precision positioning ability, simple structure and only one percent the cost of traditional impact drive mechanisms, the actuator is expected to be widely used in precision industries.

  3. Microbionic and peristaltic robots in a pipe

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    2000-01-01

    A microbionic and peristaltic robot that simulates the motion of an earthworm to move within a micropipe is proposed. The robot consists of three flexible units. Each unit is composed of two plates connected with three shape memory alloys (SMA) 120°apart, the rubber gasbag around the SMA wires inflated with air inside. Each unit corresponds to a segment of an earthworm, and the SMA and rubber gasbag have the same functions as the cricoid and longitudinal muscles of the earthworm. A control system is designed to fulfill the control of the three flexible units motions, such as stretching, shrinking and bending, so the microrobot can walk forward and backward, and choose the direction.

  4. Piezoelectric Bimorph Cantilever for Vibration-Producing-Hydrogen

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    Guangming Cheng

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A device composed of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever and a water electrolysis device was fabricated to realize piezoelectrochemical hydrogen production. The obvious output of the hydrogen and oxygen through application of a mechanical vibration of ~0.07 N and ~46.2 Hz was observed. This method provides a cost-effective, recyclable, environment-friendly and simple way to directly split water for hydrogen fuels by scavenging mechanical waste energy forms such as noise or traffic vibration in the environment.

  5. Segmented bimorph mirrors for adaptive optics: morphing strategy.

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    Bastaits, Renaud; Alaluf, David; Belloni, Edoardo; Rodrigues, Gonçalo; Preumont, André

    2014-08-01

    This paper discusses the concept of a light weight segmented bimorph mirror for adaptive optics. It focuses on the morphing strategy and addresses the ill-conditioning of the Jacobian of the segments, which are partly outside the optical pupil. Two options are discussed, one based on truncating the singular values and one called damped least squares, which minimizes a combined measure of the sensor error and the voltage vector. A comparison of various configurations of segmented mirrors was conducted; it is shown that segmentation sharply increases the natural frequency of the system with limited deterioration of the image quality.

  6. Enhanced Magnetoelectric Coupling in Layered Structure of Piezoelectric Bimorph and Metallic Alloy

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    Petrov, V. M.; Bichurin, M. I.; Lavrentyeva, K. V.; Leontiev, V. S.

    2016-08-01

    We have investigated the enhanced magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in a layered structure of piezoelectric bimorph and magnetostrictive metallic alloy. The observed ME coefficient in the piezoelectric bimorph-based structure was found to be two times higher than in the traditional piezoelectric/magnetostrictive bilayer. The observed enhancement in ME coupling strength is related to equal signs of induced voltage in both lead zirconate titanate layers with opposite poling directions due to the flexural deformations. The piezoelectric bimorph-based structure has promising potential for sensor and technological applications.

  7. Motility and peristaltic flow in maintaining microbiome populations

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    Mirbagheri, Seyed Amir; Fu, Henry C.

    2016-11-01

    Bacteria are an important component of the microbiome in the digestive tract, and must be able to maintain their population despite the fact that the contents of the intestines are constantly flowing towards evacuation. Many bacteria accomplish this by colonizing the surfaces of the intestines where flows diminish, but some species live in the lumen. We attempt to address whether swimming motility of these species plays an important role in maintaining bacterial population in the face of peristaltic pumping out of the intestine. Using a two-dimensional model of peristaltic flows induced by small-amplitude traveling waves we examine the Lagrangian trajectories of passive bacteria as well as motile bacteria, which are treated as Brownian particles undergoing enhanced diffusion due to the bacteria's run-and-tumble motility. We examine how the densities of growing populations of bacteria depend on the combination of motility and peristaltic flow.

  8. Endoscopic Effects on Peristaltic Flow of a Nanofluid

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    Noreen Sher Akbart; S. Nadeem

    2011-01-01

    In the present investigation we have studied the peristaltic flow of a nanofluid in an endoscope. The flow is investigated in a wave frame of reference moving with velocity of the wave c. Analytical solutions have been calculated using Homotopy perturbation method (HPM) for temperature and nanoparticle equation while exact solutions have been calculated for velocity and pressure gradient. Numerical integration have been used to obtain the graphical results for pressure rise and frictional forces. The effects of various emerging parameters are investigated for five different peristaltic waves. Streamlines have been plotted at the end of the article.

  9. Heat Transfer Analysis for Peristaltic Mechanism in Variable Viscosity Fluid

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    T.Hayat; F.M.Abbasi; Awatif A.Hendi

    2011-01-01

    An analysis is carried out for a peristaltic flow of a third-order fluid with heat transfer and variable viscosity when no-slip condition does not hold. Perturbation solution is discussed and a comparative study between the cases of constant and variable viscosities is presented and analyzed.%@@ An analysis is carried out for a peristaltic flow of a third-order fluid with heat transfer and variable viscosity when no-slip condition does not hold.Perturbation solution is discussed and a comparative stuity between the cases of constant and variable viscosities is presented and analyzed.

  10. Piezoelectric Bimorphs' Characteristics as In-Socket Sensors for Transfemoral Amputees

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    El-Sayed, Amr M.; Nur Azah Hamzaid; Noor Azuan Abu Osman

    2014-01-01

    Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric...

  11. Analytical Modelling of a Plucked Piezoelectric Bimorph for Energy Harvesting

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    Pozzi, Michele

    2012-01-01

    Energy harvesting (EH) is a multidisciplinary research area, involving physics, materials science and engineering, with the objective of providing renewable sources of sufficient power to operate targeted low-power applications. Piezoelectric transducers are often used for vibrational, inertial and direct movement EH. One problem is that, due to the stiffness of the most common material (PZT) and typically useful sizes, intrinsic resonant frequencies are normally high, whereas the available power is often concentrated at low frequencies. The aim of the plucking technique of frequency up-conversion, also known as "pizzicato" excitation, is to bridge this frequency gap. In this paper, the technique is modelled analytically. The analytical model is developed starting from the Euler-Bernoulli beam equations modified for piezoelectric coupling. A system of differential equations and associated initial conditions are derived which describe the free vibration of a piezoelectric bimorph in the last part of the plucki...

  12. Degradation of bimorph piezoelectric bending beams in energy harvesting applications

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    Pillatsch, P.; Xiao, B. L.; Shashoua, N.; Gramling, H. M.; Yeatman, E. M.; Wright, P. K.

    2017-03-01

    Piezoelectric energy harvesting is an attractive alternative to battery powering for wireless sensor networks. However, in order for it to be a viable long term solution the fatigue life needs to be assessed. Many vibration harvesting devices employ bimorph piezoelectric bending beams as transduction elements to convert mechanical to electrical energy. This paper introduces two degradation studies performed under symmetrical and asymmetrical sinusoidal loading. It is shown that besides a loss in output power, the most dramatic effect of degradation is a shift in resonance frequency which is highly detrimental to resonant harvester designs. In addition, micro-cracking was shown to occur predominantly in piezoelectric layers under tensile stress. This opens the opportunity for increased life time through compressive operation or pre-loading of piezoceramic layers.

  13. Cantilevered bimorph-based scanner for high speed atomic force microscopy with large scanning range.

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    Zhou, Yusheng; Shang, Guangyi; Cai, Wei; Yao, Jun-en

    2010-05-01

    A cantilevered bimorph-based resonance-mode scanner for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) imaging is presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for mounting a sample stage and the other one of that is fixed on the top of a conventional single tube scanner. High speed scanning is realized with the bimorph-based scanner vibrating at resonant frequency driven by a sine wave voltage applied to one piezolayer of the bimorph, while slow scanning is performed by the tube scanner. The other piezolayer provides information on vibration amplitude and phase of the bimorph itself simultaneously, which is used for real-time data processing and image calibration. By adjusting the free length of the bimorph, the line scan rate can be preset ranging from several hundred hertz to several kilohertz, which would be beneficial for the observation of samples with different properties. Combined with a home-made AFM system and a commercially available data acquisition card, AFM images of various samples have been obtained, and as an example, images of the silicon grating taken at a line rate of 1.5 kHz with the scan size of 20 microm are given. By manually moving the sample of polished Al foil surface while scanning, the capability of dynamic imaging is demonstrated.

  14. Dynamical Model for an Interharmonic Property of a Piezoelectric Bimorph Cantilever Beam with Self-Sensing Function

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    Ting Zhang; Ying Pan; Lijie Cao

    2016-01-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph cantilevered beam is analyzed dynamically by a longitudinal and transverse coupling theory. When a sinusoidal voltage is applied on the actuating layer of the bimorph, the output voltage of the sensing layer appears as interharmonic component signal. The interharmonic frequency is noninteger harmonic frequency of the applied voltage. A dynamic model is proposed to describe the interharmonic property of the piezoelectric bimorph beam. Through some simulations and experi...

  15. Dynamical Model for an Interharmonic Property of a Piezoelectric Bimorph Cantilever Beam with Self-Sensing Function

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    Ting Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A piezoelectric bimorph cantilevered beam is analyzed dynamically by a longitudinal and transverse coupling theory. When a sinusoidal voltage is applied on the actuating layer of the bimorph, the output voltage of the sensing layer appears as interharmonic component signal. The interharmonic frequency is noninteger harmonic frequency of the applied voltage. A dynamic model is proposed to describe the interharmonic property of the piezoelectric bimorph beam. Through some simulations and experiments, the theoretical model is verified effectively to express the nonlinear characteristic. Furthermore, when the piezoelectric bimorph resonance happens, some interharmonic response at low frequency will modulate with the resonance response.

  16. Peristaltic pump-based low range pressure sensor calibration system.

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    Vinayakumar, K B; Naveen Kumar, G; Nayak, M M; Dinesh, N S; Rajanna, K

    2015-11-01

    Peristaltic pumps were normally used to pump liquids in several chemical and biological applications. In the present study, a peristaltic pump was used to pressurize the chamber (positive as well negative pressures) using atmospheric air. In the present paper, we discuss the development and performance study of an automatic pressurization system to calibrate low range (millibar) pressure sensors. The system includes a peristaltic pump, calibrated pressure sensor (master sensor), pressure chamber, and the control electronics. An in-house developed peristaltic pump was used to pressurize the chamber. A closed loop control system has been developed to detect and adjust the pressure leaks in the chamber. The complete system has been integrated into a portable product. The system performance has been studied for a step response and steady state errors. The system is portable, free from oil contaminants, and consumes less power compared to existing pressure calibration systems. The veracity of the system was verified by calibrating an unknown diaphragm based pressure sensor and the results obtained were satisfactory.

  17. A Numerical Investigation of Peristaltic Waves in Circular Tubes

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    Xiao, Q.; Damodaran, M.

    Peristaltic pumping is a process of fluid transport arising from the progressive waves, which travel along the walls of a flexible channel. It is a primary physiological transport mechanism that is inherent in many tubular organs of the human body such as the ureter, the gastro-intestinal tract, the urethra, and so on. Many studies exist in literature with the aim of understanding the characteristics of peristaltic flow under the assumption of low Reynolds number and infinitely long wavelength in a two-dimensional channel. However, peristaltic pumping is also the mechanism used in other industrial applications such as the blood pump for which the Reynolds number has a moderately high value. As studies concerning moderate to high Reynolds number flow in the circular tube are rare in literature, in the present study, the peristaltic flow of an incompressible fluid is numerically simulated using the finite volume method for solving the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in primitive variable formulation by means of an infinite train of sinusoidal waves traveling along the wall of an axi-symmetric tube. The computational model presented in this work covers a wider range of Reynolds number (0.01-100), wave amplitude (0-0.8), and wavelength (0.01-0.4) than the those attempted in previous studies reported in literature and some new results pertaining to the distribution of velocity, pressure, wall shear stress for different peristaltic flow conditions characterizing flow at moderately higher Reynolds number have been obtained. The effect of the wave amplitude, wavelength, and Reynolds number on the "flow trapping" mechanism induced by peristalsis has also been investigated here for higher ranges of values of the parameters characterizing peristalsis.

  18. Characterization of a next-generation piezo bimorph X-ray mirror for synchrotron beamlines

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    Alcock, Simon G., E-mail: simon.alcock@diamond.ac.uk; Nistea, Ioana; Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Fermé, Jean-Jacques; Thellièr, Christophe; Peverini, Luca [Thales-SESO, 305 rue Louis Armand, Pôle d’Activités d’Aix les Milles, Aix-en-Provence (France)

    2015-01-01

    A next-generation bimorph mirror with piezos bonded to the side faces of a monolithic substrate was created. When replacing a first-generation bimorph mirror suffering from the junction effect, the new type of mirror significantly improved the size and shape of the reflected synchrotron X-ray beam. No evidence of the junction effect was observed even after eight months of continuous beamline usage. Piezo bimorph mirrors are versatile active optics used on many synchrotron beamlines. However, many bimorphs suffer from the ‘junction effect’: a periodic deformation of the optical surface which causes major aberrations to the reflected X-ray beam. This effect is linked to the construction of such mirrors, where piezo ceramics are glued directly below the thin optical substrate. In order to address this problem, a next-generation bimorph with piezos bonded to the side faces of a monolithic substrate was developed at Thales-SESO and optimized at Diamond Light Source. Using metrology feedback from the Diamond-NOM, the optical slope error was reduced to ∼0.5 µrad r.m.s. for a range of ellipses. To maximize usability, a novel holder was built to accommodate the substrate in any orientation. When replacing a first-generation bimorph on a synchrotron beamline, the new mirror significantly improved the size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Most importantly, there was no evidence of the junction effect even after eight months of continuous beamline usage. It is hoped that this new design will reinvigorate the use of active bimorph optics at synchrotron and free-electron laser facilities to manipulate and correct X-ray wavefronts.

  19. Vibration analysis of magnetostrictive thin-film composite cantilever actuator

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    Xu, Yan; Shang, Xinchun

    2016-09-01

    The transverse vibration of a composed cantilever beam with magnetostrictive layer is analyzed, which is employed to simulate dynamic response of an actuator. The high-order shear deformation theory of beam and the coupling magnetoelastic constitutive relationship are introduced to construct the governing equations, all interface conditions between magnetostrictive film and elastic substrate as well as the free stress condition on the top and bottom surfaces of the beam can be satisfied. In order to demonstrate validity of the presented mathematical modeling, the verification examples are also given. Furthermore, the effect of geometry and material parameters on dynamic characteristics of magnetostrictive cantilever beam, such as the nature frequency and amplitude, is discussed. Moreover, through computing the magneto-mechanical coupling factor of the beam structure, the variation tendency curves of the factor along with different parameters and frequencies of magnetostrictive cantilever beam actuator have been presented. These numerical results should be useful for the design of beam-type with magnetostrictive thin-film actuators.

  20. Piezoelectric bimorphs' characteristics as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees.

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    El-Sayed, Amr M; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2014-12-10

    Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric bimorph showed appropriate static operating range, repeatability, hysteresis, and frequency response for application in lower prosthesis, with a force range of 0-100 N. To further validate this finding, an experiment was conducted with a single transfemoral amputee subject to measure the stump/socket pressure using the piezoelectric bimorph embedded inside the socket. The results showed that a maximum interface pressure of about 27 kPa occurred at the anterior proximal site compared to the anterior distal and posterior sites, consistent with values published in other studies. This paper highlighted the capacity of piezoelectric bimorphs to perform as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. However, further experiments are recommended to be conducted with different amputees with different socket types.

  1. Performance Analysis of Wind-Induced Piezoelectric Vibration Bimorph Cantilever for Rotating Machinery

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    Gongbo Zhou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Harvesting the energy contained in the running environment of rotating machinery would be a good way to supplement energy to the wireless sensor. In this paper, we take piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam with parallel connection mode as energy collector and analyze the factors which can influence the generation performance. First, a modal response theory model is built. Second, the static analysis, modal analysis, and piezoelectric harmonic response analysis of the wind-induced piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam are given in detail. Finally, an experiment is also conducted. The results show that wind-induced piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam has low resonant frequency and stable output under the first modal mode and can achieve the maximum output voltage under the resonant condition. The output voltage increases with the increase of the length and width of wind-induced piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam, but the latter increasing amplitude is relatively smaller. In addition, the output voltage decreases with the increase of the thickness and the ratio of metal substrate to piezoelectric patches thickness. The experiment showed that the voltage amplitude generated by the piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam can reach the value simulated in ANSYS, which is suitable for actual working conditions.

  2. Resonant frequency of a polyvinylidene flouride piezoelectric bimorph: the effect of surrounding fluid

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    Abedian, Behrouz; Cundari, Michael

    1993-07-01

    This work presents experimental and theoretical results on the dynamic behavior of piezoelectric cantilever bimorph in the presence of surrounding air. The bimorph is composed of a pair of piezoelectric sheets bonded by a uniform elastic layer of adhesive in the center. The transverse motion of the bimorph is generated by a sequential application of two opposing electric fields on the piezoelectric sheets. Theoretically, the tip deflection and the natural frequency of the bimorph are obtained making use of an energy balance technique. The fluid in modeled as inviscid and incompressible whose motion induces locally additional mass in the transverse direction. An expression for the kinetic energy of the system is derived based on this additional mass from which the natural frequency of the combined system is obtained. Tests were performed on the piezoelectric bimorphs with similar geometries and varying adhesive thickness in a vacuum chamber. The air pressure in the chamber was varied from 10 kPa to one atmosphere. Good agreements between the theoretical predictions and the observed values were obtained. This study could have applications in the use of piezoelectric materials for fluid property measurements.

  3. Characterization of a next-generation piezo bimorph X-ray mirror for synchrotron beamlines.

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    Alcock, Simon G; Nistea, Ioana; Sutter, John P; Sawhney, Kawal; Fermé, Jean Jacques; Thellièr, Christophe; Peverini, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Piezo bimorph mirrors are versatile active optics used on many synchrotron beamlines. However, many bimorphs suffer from the `junction effect': a periodic deformation of the optical surface which causes major aberrations to the reflected X-ray beam. This effect is linked to the construction of such mirrors, where piezo ceramics are glued directly below the thin optical substrate. In order to address this problem, a next-generation bimorph with piezos bonded to the side faces of a monolithic substrate was developed at Thales-SESO and optimized at Diamond Light Source. Using metrology feedback from the Diamond-NOM, the optical slope error was reduced to ∼ 0.5 µrad r.m.s. for a range of ellipses. To maximize usability, a novel holder was built to accommodate the substrate in any orientation. When replacing a first-generation bimorph on a synchrotron beamline, the new mirror significantly improved the size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Most importantly, there was no evidence of the junction effect even after eight months of continuous beamline usage. It is hoped that this new design will reinvigorate the use of active bimorph optics at synchrotron and free-electron laser facilities to manipulate and correct X-ray wavefronts.

  4. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-09-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design.

  5. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  6. Peristaltic particle transport using the Lattice Boltzmann method

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    Connington, Kevin William [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kang, Qinjun [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Viswanathan, Hari S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Abdel-fattah, Amr [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Shiyi [JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.

    2009-01-01

    Peristaltic transport refers to a class of internal fluid flows where the periodic deformation of flexible containing walls elicits a non-negligible fluid motion. It is a mechanism used to transport fluid and immersed solid particles in a tube or channel when it is ineffective or impossible to impose a favorable pressure gradient or desirous to avoid contact between the transported mixture and mechanical moving parts. Peristaltic transport occurs in many physiological situations and has myriad industrial applications. We focus our study on the peristaltic transport of a macroscopic particle in a two-dimensional channel using the lattice Boltzmann method. We systematically investigate the effect of variation of the relevant dimensionless parameters of the system on the particle transport. We find, among other results, a case where an increase in Reynolds number can actually lead to a slight increase in particle transport, and a case where, as the wall deformation increases, the motion of the particle becomes non-negative only. We examine the particle behavior when the system exhibits the peculiar phenomenon of fluid trapping. Under these circumstances, the particle may itself become trapped where it is subsequently transported at the wave speed, which is the maximum possible transport in the absence of a favorable pressure gradient. Finally, we analyze how the particle presence affects stress, pressure, and dissipation in the fluid in hopes of determining preferred working conditions for peristaltic transport of shear-sensitive particles. We find that the levels of shear stress are most hazardous near the throat of the channel. We advise that shear-sensitive particles should be transported under conditions where trapping occurs as the particle is typically situated in a region of innocuous shear stress levels.

  7. Effects of Magnetic Field and an Endoscope on Peristaltic Motion

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    V. P. Rathod

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The Problem of peristaltic transport of a magnetic fluid with variable viscosity through the gap between coaxial tubes where the outer tube is nonuniform with sinusoidal wave traveling down its wall and the inner tube is rigid. The relation between the pressure gradient and friction force on the inner and outer tubes is obtained in terms of magnetic and viscosity parameter. The numerical solutions of pressure gradient, outer friction and inner friction force, and flow rate are shown graphically.

  8. Determination of maximum power transfer conditions of bimorph piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Ahmad, Mahmoud Al

    2012-07-23

    In this paper, a method to find the maximum power transfer conditions in bimorph piezoelectric-based harvesters is proposed. Explicitly, we derive a closed form expression that relates the load resistance to the mechanical parameters describing the bimorph based on the electromechanical, single degree of freedom, analogy. Further, by taking into account the intrinsic capacitance of the piezoelectric harvester, a more descriptive expression of the resonant frequency in piezoelectric bimorphs was derived. In interest of impartiality, we apply the proposed philosophy on previously published experimental results and compare it with other reported hypotheses. It was found that the proposed method was able to predict the actual optimum load resistance more accurately than other methods reported in the literature. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  9. BIMORPH-TYPE PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM BENDING ACTUATORS SYNTHESIZED BY HYDROTHERMAL METHOD

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    Du Liqun; Arai Fumihito; Fukuda Toshio; Kwon Guiryong

    2004-01-01

    Lead zirconate titanium solid-solution (PZT) thin films with various thickness are synthesized on titanium substrates by repeated hydrothermal treatments.Young modulus,electric-field- induced displacement and the density of the PZT film are measured respectively.Bimorph- type bending actuators are fabricated using these films.The model,which is used to analyze the driving ability of bimorph-type bending actuators by hydrothermal method,is set up.It can be seen that the driving ability of bimorph-type bending actuators can be greatly improved by optimizing the thickness of PZT thin film and substrate from the theoretical analysis results.The measured values are expected to agree with the theoretical values calculated by the above model.

  10. Out-of-plane platforms with bi-directional thermal bimorph actuation for transducer applications

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    Conchouso, David

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on the Buckled Cantilever Platform (BCP) that allows the manipulation of the out of plane structures through the adjustment of the pitch angle using thermal bimorph micro-Actuators. Due to the micro-fabrication process used, the bimorph actuators can be designed to move in both: Counter Clockwise (CCW) and Clockwise (CW) directions with a resolution of up to 110 μm/V, with smallest step in the range of nanometers. Thermal and electrical characterization of the thermal bimorph actuators showed low influence in the platforms temperature and low power consumption (< 35μW) mainly due to the natural isolation of the structure. Tip displacements larger than 500μm were achieved. The precise angle adjustment achieved through these mechanisms makes them optimal for a range of different MEMS applications, like optical benches and low frequency sweeping sensors and antennas. © 2015 IEEE.

  11. Competition between the Thermal Gradient and the Bimorph Effect in Locally Heated MEMS Actuators

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    Jeppesen, Claus; Mølhave, Kristian; Kristensen, Anders

    2009-01-01

    modeling. As a result, bidirectional bending has been experimentally observed and interpreted as the competition between bimorph and thermal gradient effects. The competition has illustrated the importance of including the thermal gradient effect in the behavior analysis of bimorph driven MEMS/NEMS devices.......We have investigated the influence of thermal gradient effects in inhomogeneously heated MEMS/NEMS. The actuation perturbations caused by thermal gradients have been studied through static optothermal actuation experiments of a bi-material polymer based cantilever and supported by finite element...

  12. A versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large vertical displacement and high resolution: Design and fabrication process

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    Rangra, Aarushee; Maninder, K.; Soni, Shilpi; Rangra, K. J.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents design, simulation results and envisaged fabrication process for a versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large out of plane displacement and high resolution. A comparative study of mechanical, thermal and electrical response of the micro-actuator is presented by using two well-known MEMS simulation tools. The bimorph structure measuring 700 × 1280 mm2 is fully integrable with CMOS fabrication process. It is indented for tunable filter applications where the precise vertical motion of the payload, the top metallic electrode anchored rigidly to bimorph `springs' spans the vertical range of 250-300 microns with submicron resolution. Each bimorph spring resembles a hair pin structure and is composed of materials with large difference in thermal expansion coefficients e.g. electroplated gold and polysilicon for optimal out-of-the plane deflection. The novel structure can also be configured for analog micro-mirror based optical and IR spectroscopy applications by controlling the actuation bias and top electrode surface parameters.

  13. Analysis of resonance frequency and pull-in voltages of curled micro-bimorph cantilevers

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    Abdulla, S.M.C.; Yagubizade, H.; Krijnen, G.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    A systematic study is presented on the modelling, fabrication and measurements of curled micro-bimorph cantilevers, which are composed of a dielectric beam with a metal electrode layer coated on top. The device, having stress-induced upward curvature in the electrical off-state, functions as a verti

  14. Optimization of piezoelectric bimorph actuators with active damping for static and dynamic loads

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    Donoso, Alberto; Sigmund, Ole

    2009-01-01

    The paper considers optimal design problems in the context of active damping. More specifically, we are interested in controlling the tip-deflection of a cantilever beam subjected to static and time-harmonic loading on its free extreme. First, the thickness profile of a piezoelectric bimorph...

  15. Non-linear electromechanical behaviour of piezoelectric bimorph actuators: influence on performance and lifetime

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    Ende, D.A. van den; Bos, B.; Groen, W.A.

    2009-01-01

    Piezoelectric bimorph bender actuators find application number of areas, ranging from automotive to health care. High voltage operation in harsh environments poses ever more stringent demands on functionality and lifetime. In these high performance benders, the trade-off between functionality and li

  16. Thermal stability test and analysis of a 20-actuator bimorph deformable mirror

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    Ning Yu; Zhou Hong; Yu Hao; Rao Chang-Hui; Jiang Wen-Han

    2009-01-01

    One of the important characteristic of adaptive mirrors is the thermal stability of surface flatness. In this paper, the thermal stability from 13℃ to 25℃ of a 20-actuator bimorph deformable mirror is tested by a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. Experimental results show that, the surface P-V of bimorph increases nearly linearly with ambient temperature. The ratio is 0.11 μm/℃ and the major component of surface displacement is defocused, compared with which, astigmatism, coma and spherical aberration contribute very small. Besides, a finite element model is built up to analyse the influence of thickness, thermal expansion coefficient and Young's modulus of materials on thermal stability. Calculated results show that bimorph has the best thermal stability when the materials have the same thermal expansion coefficient. And when the thickness ratio of glass to PZT is 3 and Young's modulus ratio is approximately 0.4, the surface instability behaviour of the bimorph manifests itself most severely.

  17. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for knee-joint energy harvesting: modelling and experimental validation

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    Pozzi, Michele; Zhu, Meiling

    2011-05-01

    The modern drive towards mobility and wireless devices is motivating intensive research in energy harvesting technologies. To reduce the battery burden on people, we propose the adoption of a frequency up-conversion strategy for a new piezoelectric wearable energy harvester. Frequency up-conversion increases efficiency because the piezoelectric devices are permitted to vibrate at resonance even if the input excitation occurs at much lower frequency. Mechanical plucking-based frequency up-conversion is obtained by deflecting the piezoelectric bimorph via a plectrum, then rapidly releasing it so that it can vibrate unhindered; during the following oscillatory cycles, part of the mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy. In order to guide the design of such a harvester, we have modelled with finite element methods the response and power generation of a piezoelectric bimorph while it is plucked. The model permits the analysis of the effects of the speed of deflection as well as the prediction of the energy produced and its dependence on the electrical load. An experimental rig has been set up to observe the response of the bimorph in the harvester. A PZT-5H bimorph was used for the experiments. Measurements of tip velocity, voltage output and energy dissipated across a resistor are reported. Comparisons of the experimental results with the model predictions are very successful and prove the validity of the model.

  18. The value of simple tests for peristaltic activity in hiatus hernia

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    Powis, S. J. A.; Collis, J. Leigh

    1970-01-01

    A study has been made of oesophageal peristaltic activity as viewed at barium swallows, in an effort to see whether this is helpful in assessing the type and degree of oesophageal lesions associated with hiatus hernia. It has not been possible to establish a clinical usefulness from such testing as the frequency with which peristaltic upset occurs is too marginal. PMID:5485006

  19. Peristaltic pumping in an elastic tube: feeding the hungry python

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    Takagi, Daisuke; Balmforth, Neil

    2010-11-01

    Biological ducts convey contents like food in the digestive system by peristaltic action, propagating waves of muscular contraction and relaxation. The motion is investigated theoretically by considering a radial force of sinusoidal or Gaussian form moving steadily down a fluid-filled axisymmetric tube. Effects of the prescribed force on the resultant fluid flow and elastic deformation of the tube wall are presented. The flow can induce a rigid object suspended in the fluid to propel in different ways, as demonstrated in numerous examples.

  20. Modeling of the Through-the-Thickness Electric Potentials of a Piezoelectric Bimorph Using the Spectral Element Method

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    Xingjian Dong

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An efficient spectral element (SE with electric potential degrees of freedom (DOF is proposed to investigate the static electromechanical responses of a piezoelectric bimorph for its actuator and sensor functions. A sublayer model based on the piecewise linear approximation for the electric potential is used to describe the nonlinear distribution of electric potential through the thickness of the piezoelectric layers. An equivalent single layer (ESL model based on first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT is used to describe the displacement field. The Legendre orthogonal polynomials of order 5 are used in the element interpolation functions. The validity and the capability of the present SE model for investigation of global and local responses of the piezoelectric bimorph are confirmed by comparing the present solutions with those obtained from coupled 3-D finite element (FE analysis. It is shown that, without introducing any higher-order electric potential assumptions, the current method can accurately describe the distribution of the electric potential across the thickness even for a rather thick bimorph. It is revealed that the effect of electric potential is significant when the bimorph is used as sensor while the effect is insignificant when the bimorph is used as actuator, and therefore, the present study may provide a better understanding of the nonlinear induced electric potential for bimorph sensor and actuator.

  1. Mems-based pzt/pzt bimorph thick film vibration energy harvester

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Dahl-Petersen, Christian

    2011-01-01

    We describe fabrication and characterization of a significantly improved version of a MEMS-based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass. The main advantage of bimorph vibration energy harvesters is that strain energy is not lost in mechanical...... support materials since only PZT is strained, and thus it has a potential for significantly higher output power. An improved process scheme for the energy harvester resulted in a robust fabrication process with a record high fabrication yield of 98.6%. Moreover, the robust fabrication process allowed...... a high pressure treatment of the screen printed PZT thick films prior to sintering, improving the PZT thick film performance and harvester power output reaches 37.1 μW at 1 g....

  2. Fabrication and characterization of MEMS-based PZT/PZT bimorph thick film vibration energy harvesters

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Dahl-Petersen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    We describe the fabrication and characterization of a significantly improved version of a microelectromechanical system-based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass; the harvester is fabricated in a fully monolithic process. The main advantage...... of bimorph vibration energy harvesters is that strain energy is not lost in mechanical support materials since only Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT) is strained; as a result, the effective system coupling coefficient is increased, and thus a potential for significantly higher output power is released. In addition, when...... the two layers are connected in series, the output voltage is increased, and as a result the relative power loss in the necessary rectifying circuit is reduced. We describe an improved process scheme for the energy harvester, which resulted in a robust fabrication process with a record high fabrication...

  3. MODELLING AND OPTIMISATION OF A BIMORPH PIEZOELECTRIC CANTILEVER BEAM IN AN ENERGY HARVESTING APPLICATION

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    CHUNG KET THEIN

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Piezoelectric materials are excellent transducers in converting vibrational energy into electrical energy, and vibration-based piezoelectric generators are seen as an enabling technology for wireless sensor networks, especially in selfpowered devices. This paper proposes an alternative method for predicting the power output of a bimorph cantilever beam using a finite element method for both static and dynamic frequency analyses. Experiments are performed to validate the model and the simulation results. In addition, a novel approach is presented for optimising the structure of the bimorph cantilever beam, by which the power output is maximised and the structural volume is minimised simultaneously. Finally, the results of the optimised design are presented and compared with other designs.

  4. Fast optimization of a bimorph mirror using x-ray grating interferometry.

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    Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal; Berujon, Sebastien; Sutter, John; Alcock, Simon G; Wagner, Ulrich; Rau, Christoph

    2014-04-15

    An x-ray grating interferometer was employed for in situ optimization of an x-ray bimorph mirror. Unlike many other at-wavelength techniques, only a single interferogram image, captured out of the focal plane, is required, enabling the optical surface to be quickly optimized. Moiré fringe analysis was used to calculate the wavefront slope error, which is proportional to the mirror's slope error. Using feedback from grating interferometry, the slope error of a bimorph mirror was reduced to <200  nrad (rms) in only two iterations. This technique has the potential to create photon beams with spatially homogeneous intensities for use in synchrotron and free electron laser beam lines.

  5. A low frequency piezoelectric power harvester using a spiral-shaped bimorph

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    HU Yuantai; HU Hongping; YANG Jiashi

    2006-01-01

    We propose a spiral-shaped piezoelectric bimorph power harvester operating with coupled flexural and extensional vibration modes for applications to low frequency energy sources.A theoretical analysis is performed and the computational results show that the spiral structure has relatively low operating frequency compared to beam power harvesters of the same size.It is found that to optimize the performance of a piezoelectric spiral-shaped harvester careful design is needed.

  6. An experimentally validated bimorph cantilever model for piezoelectric energy harvesting from base excitations

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    Erturk, A.; Inman, D. J.

    2009-02-01

    Piezoelectric transduction has received great attention for vibration-to-electric energy conversion over the last five years. A typical piezoelectric energy harvester is a unimorph or a bimorph cantilever located on a vibrating host structure, to generate electrical energy from base excitations. Several authors have investigated modeling of cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters under base excitation. The existing mathematical modeling approaches range from elementary single-degree-of-freedom models to approximate distributed parameter solutions in the sense of Rayleigh-Ritz discretization as well as analytical solution attempts with certain simplifications. Recently, the authors have presented the closed-form analytical solution for a unimorph cantilever under base excitation based on the Euler-Bernoulli beam assumptions. In this paper, the analytical solution is applied to bimorph cantilever configurations with series and parallel connections of piezoceramic layers. The base excitation is assumed to be translation in the transverse direction with a superimposed small rotation. The closed-form steady state response expressions are obtained for harmonic excitations at arbitrary frequencies, which are then reduced to simple but accurate single-mode expressions for modal excitations. The electromechanical frequency response functions (FRFs) that relate the voltage output and vibration response to translational and rotational base accelerations are identified from the multi-mode and single-mode solutions. Experimental validation of the single-mode coupled voltage output and vibration response expressions is presented for a bimorph cantilever with a tip mass. It is observed that the closed-form single-mode FRFs obtained from the analytical solution can successfully predict the coupled system dynamics for a wide range of electrical load resistance. The performance of the bimorph device is analyzed extensively for the short circuit and open circuit resonance

  7. Performance Analysis of Wind-Induced Piezoelectric Vibration Bimorph Cantilever for Rotating Machinery

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    Zhou, Gongbo; Wang, Houlian; Zhu, Zhencai; Huang, Linghua; Li, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Harvesting the energy contained in the running environment of rotating machinery would be a good way to supplement energy to the wireless sensor. In this paper, we take piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam with parallel connection mode as energy collector and analyze the factors which can influence the generation performance. First, a modal response theory model is built. Second, the static analysis, modal analysis, and piezoelectric harmonic response analysis of the wind-induced piezoelectr...

  8. Peristaltic Transport of a Couple Stress Fluid : Some Physiological Applications

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    Maiti, S

    2010-01-01

    The present paper deals with a theoretical investigation of the peristaltic transport of a couple stress fluid in a porous channel. The study is motivated towards the physiological flow of blood in the micro-circulatory system, by taking account of the particle size effect. The velocity, pressure gradient, stream function and frictional force of blood are investigated, when the Reynolds number is small and the wavelength is large, by using appropriate analytical and numerical methods. Effects of different physical parameters reflecting porosity, Darcy number, couple stress parameter as well as amplitude ratio on velocity profiles, pumping action and frictional force, streamlines pattern and trapping of blood are studied with particular emphasis. The computational results are presented in graphical form. The results are found to be in good agreement with those of Shapiro et. al \\cite{r25} that was carried out for a non-porous channel in the absence of couple stress effect. The present study puts forward an imp...

  9. Numerical study for MHD peristaltic flow in a rotating frame.

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    Hayat, T; Zahir, Hina; Tanveer, Anum; Alsaedi, A

    2016-12-01

    The aim of present investigation is to model and analyze the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) peristaltic transport of Prandtl fluid in a channel with flexible walls. The whole system consisting of fluid and channel are in a rotating frame of reference with uniform angular velocity. Viscous dissipation in thermal equation is not ignored. The channel boundaries satisfy the convective conditions in terms of temperature. The arising complicated problems are reduced in solvable form using large wavelength and small Reynolds number assumptions. Numerical solution for axial and secondary velocities, temperature and heat transfer coefficient are presented. Main emphasis is given to the outcome of rotation and material parameters of Prandtl fluid on the physical quantities of interest.

  10. Streamline topologies and their bifurcations for mixed convective peristaltic flow

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    Z. Asghar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work our focus is on streamlines patterns and their bifurcations for mixed convective peristaltic flow of Newtonian fluid with heat transfer. The flow is considered in a two dimensional symmetric channel and the governing equations are simplified under widely taken assumptions of large wavelength and low Reynolds number in a wave frame of reference. In order to study the streamlines patterns, a system of nonlinear autonomous differential equations are established and dynamical systems approach is used to discuss the local bifurcations and their topological changes. We have discussed all types of bifurcations and their topological changes are presented graphically. We found that the vortices contract along the vertical direction whereas they expand along horizontal direction. A global bifurcations diagram is used to summarize the bifurcations. The trapping and backward flow regions are mainly affected by increasing Grashof number and constant heat source parameter in such a way that trapping region increases whereas backward flow region shrinks.

  11. COUPLED ANALYSIS FOR THE HARVESTING STRUCTURE AND THE MODULATING CIRCUIT IN A PIEZOELECTRIC BIMORPH ENERGY HARVESTER

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    Yuantai Hu; Ting Hu; Qing Jiang

    2007-01-01

    The authors analyze a piezoelectric energy harvester as an electro-mechanically coupled system. The energy harvester consists of a piezoelectric bimorph with a concentrated mass attached at one end, called the harvesting structure, an electric circuit for energy storage,and a rectifier that converts the AC output of the harvesting structure into a DC input for the storage circuit. The piezoelectric bimorph is assumed to be driven into flexural vibration by an ambient acoustic source to convert the mechanical energies into electric energies. The analysis indicates that the performance of this harvester, measured by the power density, is characterized by three important non-dimensional parameters, I.e., the non-dimensional inductance of the storage circuit, the non-dimensional aspect ratio (length/thickness) and the non-dimensional end mass of the harvesting structure. The numerical results show that: (1) the power density can be optimized by varying the non-dimensional inductance for each fixed non-dimensional aspect ratio with a fixed non-dimensional end mass; and (2) for a fixed non-dimensional inductance, the power density is maximized if the non-dimensional aspect ratio and the non-dimensional end mass are so chosen that the harvesting structure, consisting of both the piezoelectric bimorph and the end mass attached, resonates at the frequency of the ambient acoustic source.

  12. Design of a Compact, Bimorph Deformable Mirror-Based Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope.

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    He, Yi; Deng, Guohua; Wei, Ling; Li, Xiqi; Yang, Jinsheng; Shi, Guohua; Zhang, Yudong

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, constructed and tested an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) using a bimorph mirror. The simulated AOSLO system achieves diffraction-limited criterion through all the raster scanning fields (6.4 mm pupil, 3° × 3° on pupil). The bimorph mirror-based AOSLO corrected ocular aberrations in model eyes to less than 0.1 μm RMS wavefront error with a closed-loop bandwidth of a few Hz. Facilitated with a bimorph mirror at a stroke of ±15 μm with 35 elements and an aperture of 20 mm, the new AOSLO system has a size only half that of the first-generation AOSLO system. The significant increase in stroke allows for large ocular aberrations such as defocus in the range of ±600° and astigmatism in the range of ±200°, thereby fully exploiting the AO correcting capabilities for diseased human eyes in the future.

  13. AlN-based piezoelectric bimorph microgenerator utilizing low-level non-resonant excitation

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    Hampl, Stefan; Cimalla, Volker; Polster, Tobias; Hoffmann, Martin

    2011-06-01

    This work aims for utilizing human ocular motion for the self-sufficient power supply of a minimally invasive implantable monitoring system for intraocular pressure (IOP). With a proven piezoelectric functionality (d33>5 pm/V), nanocrystalline thin films of aluminum nitride (AlN) provide a good capability for micromechanical energy harvesting (EH) in medical applications. Many d31-mode microcantilever architectures are poorly suited for human-induced EH: Resonant mass-spring-damper systems are tested under high, narrow-band excitation frequencies. However, human motions, e.g. vibrations of eyeballs are marked by their low frequency, unpredictable, mainly aperiodic and time-varying signature. Different vibration types and directions are 3-dimensionally superimposed. Saccadic eye movements are favorable for inertial microgenerators because of their high dynamic loading (ω<=1000°/s). Our generator concept (symmetric active/active-parallel-bimorph cantilever) enables a high structural compliance by maximizing the piezoactive volume at very low cantilever thicknesses (<1 μm). An increased length and seismic mass enable an effective excitation by low-level aperiodic vibrations such as saccadic acceleration impulses. Analytic calculations and FEA-simulations investigate the potential distribution and transient response of different bimorph structures (length 200- 1000 μm, width 20-200 μm) on broadband vibrations. First released monomorph and bimorph structures show very low resonant frequencies and an adequate robustness.

  14. Analytical and experimental comparisons of electromechanical vibration response of a piezoelectric bimorph beam for power harvesting

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    Lumentut, M. F.; Howard, I. M.

    2013-03-01

    Power harvesters that extract energy from vibrating systems via piezoelectric transduction show strong potential for powering smart wireless sensor devices in applications of health condition monitoring of rotating machinery and structures. This paper presents an analytical method for modelling an electromechanical piezoelectric bimorph beam with tip mass under two input base transverse and longitudinal excitations. The Euler-Bernoulli beam equations were used to model the piezoelectric bimorph beam. The polarity-electric field of the piezoelectric element is excited by the strain field caused by base input excitation, resulting in electrical charge. The governing electromechanical dynamic equations were derived analytically using the weak form of the Hamiltonian principle to obtain the constitutive equations. Three constitutive electromechanical dynamic equations based on independent coefficients of virtual displacement vectors were formulated and then further modelled using the normalised Ritz eigenfunction series. The electromechanical formulations include both the series and parallel connections of the piezoelectric bimorph. The multi-mode frequency response functions (FRFs) under varying electrical load resistance were formulated using Laplace transformation for the multi-input mechanical vibrations to provide the multi-output dynamic displacement, velocity, voltage, current and power. The experimental and theoretical validations reduced for the single mode system were shown to provide reasonable predictions. The model results from polar base excitation for off-axis input motions were validated with experimental results showing the change to the electrical power frequency response amplitude as a function of excitation angle, with relevance for practical implementation.

  15. Peristaltic motion of third grade fluid in curved channel

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    S.HINA; M.MUSTAFA; T.HAYAT; F.E.ALSAADI

    2014-01-01

    Analysis is performed to study the slip effects on the peristaltic flow of non-Newtonian fluid in a curved channel with wall properties. The resulting nonlinear partial differential equations are transformed to a single ordinary differential equation in a stream function by using the assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number. This differential equation is solved numerically by employing the built-in routine for solving nonlinear boundary value problems (BVPs) through the software Mathematica. In addition, the analytic solutions for small Deborah number are computed with a regular perturbation technique. It is noticed that the symmetry of bolus is destroyed in a curved channel. An intensification in the slip effect results in a larger magnitude of axial velocity. Further, the size and circulation of the trapped boluses increase with an increase in the slip parameter. Different from the case of planar channel, the axial velocity profiles are tilted towards the lower part of the channel. A comparative study between analytic and numerical solutions shows excellent agreement.

  16. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites

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    Gollapudi Sreenivasulu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT platelets and (ii a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data.

  17. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites.

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-02-20

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data.

  18. Screen printed PZT/PZT thick film bimorph MEMS cantilever device for vibration energy harvesting

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Christiansen, T.L.

    2011-01-01

    We present a MEMS-based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass. The most common piezoelectric energy harvesting devices utilize a cantilever beam of a non piezoelectric material as support beneath or in-between the piezoelectric material....... It provides mechanical support but it also reduces the power output. Our device replaces the support with another layer of the piezoelectric material, and with the absence of an inactive mechanical support all of the stresses induced by the vibrations will be harvested by the active piezoelectric elements....

  19. Electrothermally-Actuated Micromirrors with Bimorph Actuators—Bending-Type and Torsion-Type

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    Cheng-Hua Tsai

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Three different electrothermally-actuated MEMS micromirrors with Cr/Au-Si bimorph actuators are proposed. The devices are fabricated with the SOIMUMPs process developed by MEMSCAP, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA. A silicon-on-insulator MEMS process has been employed for the fabrication of these micromirrors. Electrothermal actuation has achieved a large angular movement in the micromirrors. Application of an external electric current 0.04 A to the bending-type, restricted-torsion-type, and free-torsion-type mirrors achieved rotation angles of 1.69°, 3.28°, and 3.64°, respectively.

  20. Automated in-situ optimization of bimorph mirrors at Diamond Light Source

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Sawhney, Kawal J. S.

    2011-09-01

    Bimorph mirrors are used on many synchrotron beamlines to focus or collimate light. They are highly adaptable because not only their overall figure but also their local slope errors can be corrected. However, the optimization procedure is complex. At Diamond Light Source, highly repeatable and accurate pencil beam measurements are used to determine a mirror's slope errors. These data are then used by automated scripts to calculate the necessary corrections. This procedure may be applied to any type of active mirror, but for hard X-ray mirrors, diffraction from the slits must be considered.

  1. State Feedback Control for Adjusting the Dynamic Behavior of a Piezoactuated Bimorph Atomic Force Microscopy Probe

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    Orun, Bilal; Basdogan, Cagatay; Guvenc, Levent

    2012-01-01

    We adjust the transient dynamics of a piezo-actuated bimorph Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) probe using a state feedback controller. This approach enables us to adjust the quality factor and the resonance frequency of the probe simultaneously. First, we first investigate the effect of feedback gains on dynamic response of the probe and then show that the time constant of the probe can be reduced by reducing its quality factor and/or increasing its resonance frequency to reduce the scan error in tapping mode AFM.

  2. Endoscopy analysis for the peristaltic flow of nanofluids containing carbon nanotubes with heat transfer

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    Akbar, Noreen Sher [National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2015-07-01

    Cu-water nanofluid with carbon nanotubes is considered for the peristaltic flow in an endoscope. The peristaltic flow for nanofluid is modelled considering that the peristaltic rush wave is a sinusoidal wave that propagates along the walls of the tube. The governing equations for the proposed model are simplified by using the assumptions of long-wavelength and low Reynolds number. Exact solutions have been evaluated for velocity, temperature, and pressure gradient. Graphical results for the numerical values of the flow parameters, i.e. Hartmann number M, the solid volume fraction φ of the nanoparticles, Grashof number Gr, heat absorption parameter β, and radius of the inner tube ε, have been presented for the pressure difference, frictional forces, velocity profile, and temperature profile, and trapping phenomena have been discussed at the end of the article.

  3. Peristaltic transport of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in a curved channel with slip effects.

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    Tasawar Hayat

    Full Text Available The wide occurrence of peristaltic pumping should not be surprising at all since it results physiologically from neuro-muscular properties of any tubular smooth muscle. Of special concern here is to predict the rheological effects on the peristaltic motion in a curved channel. Attention is focused to develop and simulate a nonlinear mathematical model for Carreau-Yasuda fluid. The progressive wave front of peristaltic flow is taken sinusoidal (expansion/contraction type. The governing problem is challenge since it has nonlinear differential equation and nonlinear boundary conditions even in the long wavelength and low Reynolds number regime. Numerical solutions for various flow quantities of interest are presented. Comparison for different flow situations is also made. Results of physical quantities are interpreted with particular emphasis to rheological characteristics.

  4. Peristaltic Pumping of Blood in micro-vessels of Non-uniform Cross-section

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    Misra, J C

    2010-01-01

    The paper is devoted to a study of the peristaltic motion of blood in the micro-circulatory system. The vessel is considered of non-uniform cross-section. The progressive peristaltic waves are taken to be of sinusoidal nature. The Reynolds number is considered to be small. Blood is considered to be a Herschel-Bulkley fluid. Of particular concern here is to investigate the effects of amplitude ratio, mean pressure gradient, yield stress and the power law index on the velocity distribution, streamline pattern and wall shear stress. Basing upon the study, extensive numerical calculations has been made. The study reveals that peristaltic pumping as well as velocity and wall shear stress are appreciably affected due to the non-uniform geometry of blood vessels. They are also highly sensitive to the magnitude of the amplitude of the amplitude ratio and the value of the fluid index.

  5. Research on the optimization of a bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror based on zeroth-order method

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    Wang, Hairen; Hu, Lin

    2016-07-01

    The deformable mirror adjusts the mirror surface shape to compensate the wavefront error in the adaptive optics system. Recently, the adaptive optics has been widely used in many applications, such as astronomical telescopes, high power laser systems, etc. These applications require large diameter deformable mirrors with large stroke, high speed and low cost. Thus, the bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror, which is a good match for the applications, has attracted more and more attentions. In this paper, we use zeroth-order optimization method to optimize the physical parameters of a bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror that consists of a metal reflective layer deposited on the top of a slim piezoelectric ceramic surface layer. The electrodes are deposited on the bottom of the piezoelectric ceramic layer. The physical parameters to be optimized include the optimal thickness ratio between the piezoelectric layer and reflective layer, inter-electrode distance, and so on. A few reasonable designs are obtained by a comparative study presented for three geometries of electrodes, which are circular, square and hexagon, respectively.

  6. Fabrication and Characterization of Nitinol-Copper Shape Memory Alloy Bimorph Actuators

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    Wongweerayoot, E.; Srituravanich, W.; Pimpin, A.

    2015-02-01

    This study aims to examine the effect of annealing conditions on nitinol (NiTi) characteristics and applies this knowledge to fabricate a NiTi-copper shape memory alloy bimorph actuator. The effect of the annealing conditions was investigated at various temperatures, i.e., 500, 600, and 650 °C, for 30 min. With the characterizations using x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques, the results showed that annealing temperatures at 600 and 650 °C were able to appropriately form the crystalline structure of NiTi. However, at these high annealing temperatures, the oxide on a surface was unavoidable. In the fabrication of actuator, the annealing at 650 °C for 30 min was chosen, and it was performed at two pre-stressing conditions, i.e., straight and curved molds. From static and dynamic response experiments, the results suggested that the annealing temperature significantly affected the deflection of the actuator. On the other hand, the effect of pre-stressing conditions was relatively small. Furthermore, the micro gripper consisting of two NiTi-copper bimorph actuators successfully demonstrated for the viability of small object manipulation as the gripper was able to grasp and hold a small plastic ball with its weight of around 0.5 mg.

  7. Beam cleanup of a 532-nm pulsed solid-state laser using a bimorph mirror

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    Xiang Lei; Bing Xu; Ping Yang; Lizhi Dong; Wenjin Liu; Hu Yan

    2012-01-01

    A successful beam cleanup of a 5-mJ/200-μs pulsed solid-state laser system operating at 532-nm wavelength is demonstrated. In this beam cleanup system, a wave-front sensor-less adaptive optics (AO) system is set up with a 20-element bimorph mirror (BM), a high-voltage amplifier, a charge-coupled device camera, and a control software implementing the stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm. The brightness of the laser focal spot is improved because the wave-front distortions have been compensated. The performance of this system is presented and the experimental results are analyzed.%A successful beam cleanup of a 5-mJ/200-μs pulsed solid-state laser system operating at 532-nm wavelength is demonstrated.In this beam cleanup system,a wave-front sensor-less adaptive optics (AO) system is set up with a 20-element bimorph mirror (BM),a high-voltage amplifier,a charge-coupled device camera,and a control software implementing the stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm.The brightness of the laser focal spot is improved because the wave-front distortions have been compensated.The performance of this system is presented and the experimental results are analyzed.

  8. Construction of a Fish‐like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish‐like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene‐PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene‐based materials at a macro scale.

  9. Construction of a Fish-like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials.

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Huang, Yi; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying; Chen, Yongsheng

    2016-06-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish-like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene-PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene-based materials at a macro scale.

  10. An Efficient Spectral Element Model with Electric DOFs for the Static and Dynamic Analysis of a Piezoelectric Bimorph

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    Xingjian Dong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An efficient spectral element (SE model for static and dynamic analysis of a piezoelectric bimorph is proposed. It combines an equivalent single layer (ESL model for the mechanical displacement field with a sublayer approximation for the electric potential. The 2D Gauss-Lobatto-Legendre (GLL shape functions are used to discretize the displacements and then the governing equation of motion is derived following the standard SE method procedure. It is shown numerically that the present SE model can well predict both the global and local responses such as mechanical displacements, natural frequencies, and the electric potentials across the bimorph thickness. In the case of bimorph sensor application, it is revealed that the distribution of the induced electric potential across the thickness does not affect the global natural frequencies much. Furthermore, the effects of the order of Legendre polynomial and the mesh size on the convergence rate are investigated. Comparison of the present results for a bimorph sensor with those from 3D finite element (FE simulations establishes that the present SE model is accurate, robust, and computationally efficient.

  11. Peristaltic Flow of Phan-Thien-Tanner Fluid in an Asymmetric Channel with Porous Medium

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    Kuppalapalle Vajravelu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with peristaltic transport of Phan-Thien-Tanner fluid in an asymmetric channel induced by sinusoidal peristaltic waves traveling down the flexible walls of the channel. The flow is investigated in a wave frame of reference moving with the velocity of the waveby using the long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations.The nonlinear governing equations are solved employing a perturbation method by choosing as the perturbation parameter. The expressions for velocity, stream function and pressure gradient are obtained. The features of the flow characteristics are analyzed through graphs and the obtained results are discussed in detail. It is noticed that the peristaltic pumping gets reduced due to an increase in the phase difference of the traveling waves. It is also observed that the size of the trapping bolus is a decreasing function of the permeability parameter and the Weissenberg number. Furthermore, the results obtained for the flow characteristics reveal many interesting behaviors that warrant further study on the non-Newtonian fluid phenomena, especially the Peristaltic flow phenomena.

  12. Development of automated postoperative enteral nutrition: restricting feeding site inflow to match peristaltic outflow

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    Moss, Gerald

    2015-01-01

    Background Surgical stress accelerates postoperative metabolism, while simultaneously compromising gut activity. The dysfunction may be worsened by early feeding. These patients are not expected to fully meet their optimum metabolic requirements using current nutritional regimens. For optimum postoperative enteral nutrition, we must automatically match the patients’ feeding site inflows to their impaired peristaltic outflows. An essential adjunct is virtually complete exclusion of swallowed a...

  13. Screen printed PZT/PZT thick film bimorph MEMS cantilever device for vibration energy harvesting

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Dahl-Petersen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    We present a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass. Most piezoelectric energy harvesting devices use a cantilever beam of a non piezoelectric material as support beneath or in-between the piezoelectric...... materials; it provides mechanical support but it also reduces the power output. In our device we replace the support material with another layer of the piezoelectric material. With the absence of an inactive mechanical support all stresses induced by vibrations will be harvested by the active piezoelectric...... elements. We show experimental results from two types PZT/PZT harvesting devices, one where the Pb(ZrxTi1−x)O3 (PZT) thick films are high pressure treated during the fabrication and the other where the treatment is omitted. We find that with the high pressure treatment prior to PZT sintering, the films...

  14. Design and analysis of a connected broadband multi-piezoelectric-bimorph- beam energy harvester.

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    Zhang, Haifeng; Afzalul, Karim

    2014-06-01

    The rapid growth of remote, wireless, and microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices over the past decades has motivated the development of a self-powered system that can replace traditional electrochemical batteries. Piezoelectric energy harvesters are ideal for capturing energy from mechanical vibrations in the ambient environment. Numerous studies have been made of this application of piezoelectric energy conversion; however, the narrow frequency operation band has limited its application to generate useful power. In this paper, a broadband energy harvester with an array/matrix of piezoelectric bimorphs connected by springs has been designed and analyzed based on the 1-D piezoelectric beam equations. The predicted result shows that the operational frequency band can be enlarged significantly by carefully adjusting the small end masses, length of the beam and spring stiffness. An optimal selection of the load impedance to realize the maximum power output is discussed. The results provide an important foundation for future broadband energy harvester design.

  15. Primary bimorphic adrenocortical disease: cause of hypercortisolism in McCune-Albright syndrome.

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    Carney, J Aidan; Young, William F; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2011-09-01

    McCune-Albright syndrome (polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, café-au-lait skin spots, and precocious puberty) is a genetically mosaic disorder with populations of mutant and normal cells in affected organs. Cushing syndrome, a rare feature of the condition, usually affects infants and is the result of corticotropin-independent primary bilateral adrenal disease, usually interpreted as nodular adrenocortical hyperplasia. In this study of 9 patients with Cushing syndrome and McCune-Albright syndrome, light microscopy revealed a characteristic bimorphic pattern of diffuse and nodular hyperplasia and a distinctive form of cortical atrophy with apparent zona glomerulosa hyperplasia in 8 patients, all very young. The pattern could be explained by the presence of a mosaic distribution of mutant and normal cells in the adrenal glands. The findings are different from those in inherited or other forms of genetically caused Cushing syndrome. The ninth patient, aged 17 years, had an adrenal adenoma and diffuse cortical hyperplasia in each adrenal gland.

  16. Compact, planar, translational piezoelectric bimorph actuator with Archimedes’ spiral actuating tethers

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    Yang, Chenye; Liu, Sanwei; Xie, Xin; Livermore, Carol

    2016-12-01

    The design, analytical modelling, finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental characterization of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) out-of-plane (vertical) translational piezoelectric lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) bimorph actuator supported on Archimedes’ spiral tethers are presented. Three types of bimorph actuators with different electrode patterns (with spiral tethers half actuated, fully actuated with uniform polarity, or fully actuated with reversed polarity) are designed and modelled. The two actuators with the highest predicted performance (half actuated and fully actuated with uniform polarity) are implemented and characterized. Both designs are fabricated by commercial processes and are compatible with integration into more complex MEMS systems. Analytical modelling and FEA are used to analyze and predict the actuators’ displacements and blocking forces. Experimental measurements of the deflections and blocking forces of actuators with full uniform actuation and half actuation validate the design. At an applied voltage of 110 V, the out-of-plane deflections of the actuators with half actuation and full uniform actuation are measured at about 17 µm and 29 µm respectively, in good agreement with analytical predictions of 17.3 µm and 34.2 µm and FEA predictions of 17.1 µm and 25.8 µm. The blocking force for devices with half-actuated tethers is predicted to be 12 mN (analytical) and 10 mN (FEA), close to the experimental value of 9 mN. The blocking force for devices with full uniform actuation is predicted to be 23 mN (analytical) and 17 mN (FEA), as compared with 15 mN in experiments.

  17. Acquisition of a Surface Plasmon Resonance Imager, Digital Microscope, and Peristaltic Pumps for Defense-Based Research

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    2016-05-05

    System, Keyence Corporation of America Digital Microscope Controller System, and two Fisher Scientific FH100 Multichannel peristaltic pumps. The cadre...REPORT TYPE 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 15. NUMBER OF PAGES 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER...System, Keyence Corporation of America Digital Microscope Controller System, and two Fisher Scientific FH100 Multichannel peristaltic pumps. The

  18. Piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner in the tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope.

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    Zhao, Jianyong; Gong, Weitao; Cai, Wei; Shang, Guangyi

    2013-08-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner operating in tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) is first presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for fixing an AFM cantilever probe and the other one is mounted on the AFM head. The sample is placed on the top of a piezoelectric tube scanner. High speed scan is performed with the bimorph that vibrates at the resonant frequency, while slow scanning is carried out by the tube scanner. The design and performance of the scanner is discussed and given in detailed. Combined with a commercially available data acquisition system, a high speed AFM has been built successfully. By real-time observing the deformation of the pores on the surface of a commercial piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5) ceramics under electric field, the dynamic imaging capability of the AFM is demonstrated. The results show that the notable advantage of the AFM is that dynamic process of the sample with large dimensions can be easily investigated. In addition, this design could provide a way to study a sample in real time under the given experimental condition, such as under an external electric field, on a heating stage, or in a liquid cell.

  19. Active control of flow noise sources in turbulent boundary layer on a flat-plate using piezoelectric bimorph film

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    Song, Woo Seog; Lee, Seung Bae [Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Shin [Hongik University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Na, Yang [Konkuk University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-11-15

    The piezoelectric bimorph film, which, as an actuator, can generate more effective displacement than the usual PVDF film, is used to control the turbulent boundary-layer flow. The change of wall pressures inside the turbulent boundary layer is observed by using the multi-channel microphone array flush-mounted on the surface when actuation at the non-dimensional frequency f{sub b}{sup +} =0.008 and 0.028 is applied to the turbulent boundary layer. The wall pressure characteristics by the actuation to produce local displacement are more dominantly influenced by the size of the actuator module than the actuation frequency. The movement of large-scale turbulent structures to the upper layer is found to be the main mechanism of the reduction in the wall-pressure energy spectrum when the 700{nu}/u{sub {tau}}-long bimorph film is periodically actuated at the non-dimensional frequency f{sub b}{sup +} =0.008 and 0.028. The bimorph actuator is triggered with the time delay for the active forcing at a single frequency when a 1/8' pressure-type, pin-holed microphone sensor detects the large-amplitude pressure event by the turbulent spot. The wall-pressure energy in the late-transitional boundary layer is partially reduced near the convection wavenumber by the open-loop control based on the large amplitude event.

  20. A composite fibre optic catheter for monitoring peristaltic transit of an intra-luminal bead.

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    Arkwright, John W; Underhill, Ian D; Dodds, Kelsi N; Brookes, Simon J H; Costa, Marcello; Spencer, Nick J; Dinning, Phil G

    2016-03-01

    A fibre optic motion sensor has been developed for monitoring the proximity and direction of motion of a ferrous bead travelling axial to the sensor. By integrating an array of these sensors into our previously developed fibre optic manometry catheters we demonstrate simultaneous detection of peristaltic muscular activity and the associated motion of ferrous beads through a colonic lumen. This allows the motion of solid content to be temporally and spatially related to pressure variations generated by peristaltic contractions without resorting to videoflouroscopy to track the motion of a radio opaque bolus. The composite catheter has been tested in an in-vitro animal preparation consisting of excised sections of rabbit colon. Cut-away image of the fibre optic motion sensor showing the location of the fibre Bragg gratings and the rare earth magnet.

  1. Flow of a Burger’s Fluid in a Channel Induced by Peristaltic Compliant Walls

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    I. Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical analysis is presented for the peristaltic motion of a magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD non-Newtonian fluid in channel with complaint walls. The fluid obeys viscoelastic non-Newtonian model with Burger’s constitutive equation. The relevant equations are first developed and then solved using perturbation technique. Expressions of stream function and velocity components are constructed under the assumption that δ (characteristic ratio of transversal and axial scales of peristaltic motion is small. The results indicate the strong effects of Burger’s fluid parameter, Hartman number, Reynolds number, and complaint wall parameters on the velocity field and stream function. The obtained solutions are shown graphically for the different values of involved parameters.

  2. Magnetic Field and Gravity Effects on Peristaltic Transport of a Jeffrey Fluid in an Asymmetric Channel

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    A. M. Abd-Alla

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the peristaltic flow of a Jeffrey fluid in an asymmetric channel has been investigated. Mathematical modeling is carried out by utilizing long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions. Closed form expressions for the pressure gradient, pressure rise, stream function, axial velocity, and shear stress on the channel walls have been computed numerically. Effects of the Hartmann number, the ratio of relaxation to retardation times, time-mean flow, the phase angle and the gravity field on the pressure gradient, pressure rise, streamline, axial velocity, and shear stress are discussed in detail and shown graphically. The results indicate that the effect of Hartmann number, ratio of relaxation to retardation times, time-mean flow, phase angle, and gravity field are very pronounced in the peristaltic transport phenomena. Comparison was made with the results obtained in the presence and absence of magnetic field and gravity field.

  3. A Mathematical Model for Studying the Slip Effect on Peristaltic Motion with Heat and Mass Transfer

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    Tasawar Hayat; Najma Saleem; Awatif A. Hendi

    2011-01-01

    A mathematical model is presented with an interest to examine the peristaltic motion in an asymmetric channel by taking into account the slip, heat and mass transfer. Constitutive relationships for a micropolar fluid are used. The solution procedure for nonlinear analysis is given under long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations. The effects of sundry parameters entering into the expressions of axial velocity,temperature and concentration are explored. Pumping and trapping phenomena are discussed.

  4. Mixed Convection Peristaltic Flow of Third Order Nanofluid with an Induced Magnetic Field

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    Saima Noreen

    2013-01-01

    This research is concerned with the peristaltic flow of third order nanofluid in an asymmetric channel. The governing equations of third order nanofluid are modelled in wave frame of reference. Effect of induced magnetic field is considered. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number situation is tackled. Numerical solutions of the governing problem are computed and analyzed. The effects of Brownian motion and thermophoretic diffusion of nano particles are particularly emphasized. Physical quant...

  5. Endoscope effects on MHD peristaltic flow of a power-law fluid

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    T. Hayat

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available To understand the influence of an inserted endoscope and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD power-law fluid on peristaltic motion, an attempt has been made for flow through tubes. The magnetic field of uniform strength is applied in the transverse direction to the flow. The analysis has been performed under long wavelength at low-Reynolds number assumption. The velocity fields and axial pressure gradient have been evaluated analytically. Numerical results are also presented and discussed.

  6. Thermally developing MHD peristaltic transport of nanofluids with velocity and thermal slip effects

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    Sher Akbar, Noreen; Bintul Huda, A.; Tripathi, D.

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the velocity slip and thermal slip effects on peristaltically driven thermal transport of nanofluids through the vertical parallel plates under the influence of transverse magnetic field. The wall surface is propagating with sinusoidal wave velocity c. The flow characteristics are governed by the mass, momentum and energy conservation principle. Low Reynolds number and large wavelength approximations are taken into consideration to simplify the non-linear terms. Analytical solutions for axial velocity, temperature field, pressure gradient and stream function are obtained under certain physical boundary conditions. Two types of nanoparticles, SiO2 and Ag, are considered for analysis with water as base fluid. This is the first article in the literature that discusses the SiO2 and Ag nanoparticles for a peristaltic flow with variable viscosity. The effects of physical parameters on velocity, temperature, pressure and trapping are discussed. A comparative study of SiO2 nanofluid, Ag nanofluid and pure water is also presented. This model is applicable in biomedical engineering to make thermal peristaltic pumps and other pumping devices like syringe pumps, etc. It is observed that pressure for pure water is maximum and pressure for Ag nanofluid is minimum.

  7. PDMS气动微泵的研制%Development of a PDMS Pneumatic Peristaltic Micropump

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    关艳霞; 凌宇

    2012-01-01

    聚二甲聚硅氧烷(PDMS)气动微泵具有结构简单、易于制作、造价低和易于集成的特点.对微泵的结构进行了分析、设计与制作,较详细地讨论了关键制作工艺,并对影响流速的主要因素进行了分析,通过对结构参数的优化,使微泵的最大流速达到0.55μL/min,较相关文献中的微泵的流速提高4倍,使微泵更具有实用性.%A PDMS pneumatic peristaltic micropump has features of simplicity in structures and fabricating technique,fast in replication,low in cost,easy in integrating with other microfluidic component. In this paper,the development of a PDMS pneumatic peristaltic micropump has been done by analyzing the structure of a PDMS pneumatic peristaltic micropump, and the key process and the main factors affecting velocity have been discussed. By optimizing the structural parameters of the pump,the flow rate has been to 0. 55 μL/min,5 times of the flow rate of the micopump reported in the related literature,and that make it more practical.

  8. Peristaltic flow in non-uniform vessels of the micro-circulatory system

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    Maiti, S

    2013-01-01

    Of concern in the paper is generalized a theoretical study concerning the peristaltic flow of blood in the micro-circulatory system. The vessel is considered to be of non-uniform cross-section and blood to be a non-Newtonian fluid. The progressive wave front of the peristaltic flow is supposed sinusoidal/straight section dominated (SSD) (expansion/contraction type); Reynolds number is considered to be small with reference to the flow of physiological fluids. The non-Newtonian behaviour of blood is illustrated by considering the Herschel-Bulkley fluid model. The objective of the study has been to examine the effect of the effects of amplitude ratio, mean pressure gradient, yield stress and the power law index on the velocity distribution, wall shear stress, streamline pattern and trapping. Considerable quantitative differences between the results obtained for transport in two dimensional channel and an axisymmetric circular tube are noticed. The study shows that peristaltic pumping, flow velocity and wall shea...

  9. Adaptive Q control for tapping-mode nanoscanning using a piezoactuated bimorph probe.

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    Gunev, Ihsan; Varol, Aydin; Karaman, Sertac; Basdogan, Cagatay

    2007-04-01

    A new approach, called adaptive Q control, for tapping-mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) is introduced and implemented on a homemade AFM setup utilizing a laser Doppler vibrometer and a piezoactuated bimorph probe. In standard Q control, the effective Q factor of the scanning probe is adjusted prior to the scanning depending on the application. However, there is a trade-off in setting the effective Q factor of an AFM probe. The Q factor is either increased to reduce the tapping forces or decreased to increase the maximum achievable scan speed. Realizing these two benefits simultaneously using standard Q control is not possible. In adaptive Q control, the Q factor of the probe is set to an initial value as in standard Q control, but then modified on the fly during scanning when necessary to achieve this goal. In this article, we present the basic theory behind adaptive Q control, the electronics enabling the online modification of the probe's effective Q factor, and the results of the experiments comparing three different methods: scanning (a) without Q control, (b) with standard Q control, and (c) with adaptive Q control. The results show that the performance of adaptive Q control is superior to the other two methods.

  10. Development of in-series piezoelectric bimorph bending beam actuators for active flow control applications

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    Chan, Wilfred K.; Clingman, Dan J.; Amitay, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Piezoelectric materials have long been used for active flow control purposes in aerospace applications to increase the effectiveness of aerodynamic surfaces on aircraft, wind turbines, and more. Piezoelectric actuators are an appropriate choice due to their low mass, small dimensions, simplistic design, and frequency response. This investigation involves the development of piezoceramic-based actuators with two bimorphs placed in series. Here, the main desired characteristic was the achievable displacement amplitude at specific driving voltages and frequencies. A parametric study was performed, in which actuators with varying dimensions were fabricated and tested. These devices were actuated with a sinusoidal waveform, resulting in an oscillating platform on which to mount active flow control devices, such as dynamic vortex generators. The main quantification method consisted of driving these devices with different voltages and frequencies to determine their free displacement, blocking force, and frequency response. It was found that resonance frequency increased with shorter and thicker actuators, while free displacement increased with longer and thinner actuators. Integration of the devices into active flow control test modules is noted. In addition to physical testing, a quasi-static analytical model was developed and compared with experimental data, which showed close correlation for both free displacement and blocking force.

  11. Development and Validation of an Enhanced Coupled-Field Model for PZT Cantilever Bimorph Energy Harvester

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    Long Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The power source with the limited life span has motivated the development of the energy harvesters that can scavenge the ambient environment energy and convert it into the electrical energy. With the coupled field characteristics of structure to electricity, piezoelectric energy harvesters are under consideration as a means of converting the mechanical energy to the electrical energy, with the goal of realizing completely self-powered sensor systems. In this paper, two previous models in the literatures for predicting the open-circuit and close-circuit voltages of a piezoelectric cantilever bimorph (PCB energy harvester are first described, that is, the mechanical equivalent spring mass-damper model and the electrical equivalent circuit model. Then, the development of an enhanced coupled field model for the PCB energy harvester based on another previous model in the literature using a conservation of energy method is presented. Further, the laboratory experiments are carried out to evaluate the enhanced coupled field model and the other two previous models in the literatures. The comparison results show that the enhanced coupled field model can better predict the open-circuit and close-circuit voltages of the PCB energy harvester with a proof mass bonded at the free end of the structure in order to increase the energy-harvesting level of the system.

  12. Out-of-plane buckled cantilever microstructures with adjustable angular positions using thermal bimorph actuation for transducer applications

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    Carreno, Armando Arpys Arevalo

    2015-10-27

    The integration of thermal bimorph actuators and buckled cantilever structures to form an out-of-plane plate with adjustable angular positions is reported. This structure could be used as a platform to build other transducers such as optical micromirrors, scanning antennas, switches or low-frequency oscillators. The electromechanical characterisation has shown that these structures can adjust their angular position by 6° when they are operated using a DC source. The thermal characterisation performed by an infrared camera showed that the heat-affected zone reaches a maximum temperature of 125°C while the rest of the structure remains unaffected by the generated heat.

  13. Tolerability, safety and efficacy of Iloprost infusion without peristaltic pump in systemic sclerosis

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    S. Tosi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate safety, tolerability and efficacy on Raynaud’s phenomenon (Rp of iloprost infusion without peristaltic pump in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc. Patients and methods. The inclusion criteria were diagnosis of SSc, age between 18 and 65 years, presence of Rp, and absence of any controindication to the use of iloprost. The treatment was carried out in a day hospital setting and consisted first of 5 consecutive days of iloprost infusion (from an initial dose of 1.0 ng/Kg/min up to 2 ng/kg/min, and then of 2 days of infusions at the maximum possible dose every 45 days for one year. All of the adverse events were carefully recorded and the changes in the Rp were measured by a 5 grade scale (worsened, unmodified, slightly improved, very improved, disappeared. Results. Thirty-eight SSc patients (all females, mean age 49 years (range 18.5-65, disease duration 1.5 years (range 0.5-10.8 were enrolled in the study. During the first cycle of therapy, 14 avderse events occurred in 11 (28.9% patients and during the next cycles, 3 adverse events were seen in 3 (7.9% patients. In all of the cases they were mild and transient. Rp was considered very improved in 15 (39.5% patients, slightly improved in 13 (34.2%, unmodified in 8 (21% and worse in 2 (5.2%. Discussion. In this study intravenous iloprost without peristaltic pump proved to be safe, well tolerated, and as effective as traditional infusion through peristaltic pump in improving Rp in patients with SSc.

  14. A High-Performance, Low-Cost Laser Shutter using a Piezoelectric Cantilever Actuator

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    Bowden, W; Baird, P E G; Gill, P

    2016-01-01

    We report the design and characterization of an optical shutter based on a piezoelectric cantilever. Compared to conventional electro-magnetic shutters, the device is intrinsically low power and acoustically quiet. The cantilever position is controlled by a high-voltage op-amp circuit for easy tuning of the range of travel, and mechanical slew rate, which enables a factor of 30 reduction in mechanical noise compared to a rapidly switched device. We achieve shuttering rise and fall times of 11 $\\mu$s, corresponding to mechanical slew rates of 1.3 $\\textrm{ ms}^{-1}$, with an timing jitter of less than 1 $\\mu$s. When used to create optical pulses, we achieve minimum pulse durations of 250 $\\mu$s. The reliability of the shutter was investigated by operating continuously for one week at 10 Hz switching rate. After this period, neither the shutter delay or actuation speed had changed by a notable amount. We also show that the high-voltage electronics can be easily configured as a versatile low-noise, high-bandwidt...

  15. Note: A high-performance, low-cost laser shutter using a piezoelectric cantilever actuator

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    Bowden, W.; Hill, I. R.; Baird, P. E. G.; Gill, P.

    2017-01-01

    We report the design and characterization of an optical shutter based on a piezoelectric cantilever. Compared to conventional electro-magnetic shutters, the device has intrinsically low power and is acoustically quiet. The cantilever position is controlled by a high-voltage op-amp circuit for easy tuning of the range of travel, and mechanical slew rate, which enables a factor of 30 reduction in mechanical noise compared to a rapidly switched device. We achieve shuttering rise and fall times of 11 μs, corresponding to mechanical slew rates of 1.3 ms-1, with a timing jitter of less than 1 μs. When used to create optical pulses, we achieve minimum pulse durations of 250 μs. The reliability of the shutter was investigated by operating continuously for one week at 10 Hz switching rate. After this period, neither the shutter delay or actuation speed had changed by a measurable amount.

  16. Influences of Hall current and chemical reaction in mixed convective peristaltic flow of Prandtl fluid

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    Hayat, T.; Zahir, Hina; Tanveer, Anum; Alsaedi, A.

    2016-06-01

    The objective of present analysis is to address the mixed convective peristaltic flow of Prandtl fluid in a planar channel with compliant walls. Effects of applied magnetic field and Hall current are retained. Heat transfer in fluid flow is characterized through convective boundary conditions. Impact of first order chemical reaction together with Soret effect is examined. Problems formulation in view of long wavelength and low Reynolds number consideration is developed. The graphs are obtained numerically for the velocity, temperature, concentration and heat transfer coefficient. Results for Hall parameter and Hartman number on velocity have opposite characteristics.

  17. Peristaltic flow in an asymmetric channel with convective boundary conditions and Joule heating

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    Abbasi Fahad Munir; Hayat Tasawar; Ahmad Bashir

    2014-01-01

    The peristaltic transport of viscous fluid in an asymmetric channel is concentrated. The channel walls exhibit convective boundary conditions. Both cases of hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) fluids are considered. Mathematical analysis has been presented in a wave frame of reference. The resulting problems are non-dimensionalized. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations are employed. Joule heating effect on the thermal equation is retained. Analytic solutions for stream function and temperature are constructed. Numerical integration is carried out for pressure rise per wavelength. Effects of influential flow parameters have been pointed out through graphs.

  18. Mixed convection peristaltic flow of third order nanofluid with an induced magnetic field.

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    Saima Noreen

    Full Text Available This research is concerned with the peristaltic flow of third order nanofluid in an asymmetric channel. The governing equations of third order nanofluid are modelled in wave frame of reference. Effect of induced magnetic field is considered. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number situation is tackled. Numerical solutions of the governing problem are computed and analyzed. The effects of Brownian motion and thermophoretic diffusion of nano particles are particularly emphasized. Physical quantities such as velocity, pressure rise, temperature, induced magnetic field and concentration distributions are discussed.

  19. Mixed convection peristaltic flow of third order nanofluid with an induced magnetic field.

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    Noreen, Saima

    2013-01-01

    This research is concerned with the peristaltic flow of third order nanofluid in an asymmetric channel. The governing equations of third order nanofluid are modelled in wave frame of reference. Effect of induced magnetic field is considered. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number situation is tackled. Numerical solutions of the governing problem are computed and analyzed. The effects of Brownian motion and thermophoretic diffusion of nano particles are particularly emphasized. Physical quantities such as velocity, pressure rise, temperature, induced magnetic field and concentration distributions are discussed.

  20. Magnetohydrodynamic peristaltic flow of a hyperbolic tangent fluid in a vertical asymmetric channel with heat transfer

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    Sohail Nadeem; Safia Akram

    2011-01-01

    In the present paper we discuss the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) peristaltic flow of a hyperbolic tangent fluid model in a vertical asymmetric channel under a zero Reynolds number and long wavelength approximation. Exact solution of the temperature equation in the absence of dissipation term has been computed and the analytical expression for stream function and axial pressure gradient are established. The flow is analyzed in a wave frame of reference moving with the velocity of wave. The expression for pressure rise has been computed numerically. The physical features of pertinent parameters are analyzed by plotting graphs and discussed in detail.

  1. Peristaltic transport of Conducting Bingham fluid in contact with a Newtonian fluid in a channel

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    M.Arun kumar

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Peristaltic pumping by a sinusoidal traveling wave in the walls of a two dimensional channel filled with two immiscible fluids with magnetic effect is investigated. The core region of the channel is occupied by a Bingham fluid where as the peripheral region is occupied by a Newtonian fluid. The flow is examined in a wave frame of reference moving with the velocity of the wave. The expressions for the stream function, the velocity and the pressure rise are obtained. The equation for the interface separating the two fluids is obtained. Numerical results are reported for several of the physical parameters of interest. We observed that the lower values of

  2. Numerical simulation of peristaltic flow of a Carreau nanofluid in an asymmetric channel

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    Noreen Sher Akbar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we studied MHD peristaltic flow of a Carreau nanofluid in an asymmetric channel. The flow development is carried out in a wave frame of reference moving with velocity of the wave c1. The governing nonlinear partial differential equations are transformed into a system of coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations using similarity transformations and then tackled numerically using the fourth and fifth order Runge–Kutta–Fehlberg. Numerical results are obtained for dimensionless velocity, stream function, pressure rise, temperature and nanoparticle volume fraction. It is found that the pressure rise increases with increase in Hartmann Number and thermophoresis parameter.

  3. Peristaltic flow of a Johnson-Segalman fluid through a deformable tube

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    Wang, Yongqi [Darmstadt University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Darmstadt (Germany); Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur, Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Vienna (Austria); Hayat, Tasawar [Quaid-i-Azam University, Mathematics Department, Islamabad (Pakistan); Hutter, Kolumban [ETH Zuerich, VAW, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2007-09-15

    To understand theoretically the flow properties of physiological fluids we have considered as a model the peristaltic motion of a Johnson-Segalman fluid in a tube with a sinusoidal wave traveling down its wall. The perturbation solution for the stream function is obtained for large wavelength and small Weissenberg number. The expressions for the axial velocity, pressure gradient, and pressure rise per wavelength are also constructed. The general solution of the governing nonlinear partial differential equation is given using a transformation method. The numerical solution is also obtained and is compared with the perturbation solution. Numerical results are demonstrated for various values of the physical parameters of interest. (orig.)

  4. Mathematical Analysis for Peristaltic Flow of Two Phase Nanofluid in a Curved Channel

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    Nadeem, S.; Iqra, Shahzadi

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes the theoretical analysis for peristaltic motion of water base nanofluid containing distinct types of the nanoparticles like Cu, TiO2, and Al2O3. Equations of nano fluid are modelled and simplified by constructing the suppositions of low Reynolds number as well as long wave length. The reduced equations are solved exactly. Solutions are represented through graphs. Outcomes for the velocity, temperature, pressure rise and stream lines are analyzed graphically. The work presented here is based on the fictitious values, however some other values can be tested experimentally.

  5. The Mathematical Analysis for Peristaltic Flow of Hyperbolic Tangent Fluid in a Curved Channel

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    S.Nadeem; E.N.Maraj

    2013-01-01

    In the present paper,we have investigated the peristaltic flow of hyperbolic tangent fluid in a curved channel.The governing equations of hyperbolic tangent fluid model for curved channel are derived including the effects of curvature.The highly nonlinear partial differential equations are simplified by using the wave frame transformation,long wave length and low Reynolds number assumptions.The reduced nonlinear partial differential equation is solved analytically with the help of homotopy perturbation method (HPM).The physical features of pertinent parameters have been discussed by plotting the graphs of pressure rise and stream functions.

  6. Radiative Peristaltic Flow of Jeffrey Nanofluid with Slip Conditions and Joule Heating.

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    Tasawar Hayat

    Full Text Available Mixed convection peristaltic flow of Jeffrey nanofluid in a channel with compliant walls is addressed here. The present investigation includes the viscous dissipation, thermal radiation and Joule heating. Whole analysis is performed for velocity, thermal and concentration slip conditions. Related problems through long wavelength and low Reynolds number are examined for stream function, temperature and concentration. Impacts of thermal radiation, Hartman number, Brownian motion parameter, thermophoresis, Joule heating and slip parameters are explored in detail. Clearly temperature is a decreasing function of Hartman number and radiation parameter.

  7. Hall and ion slip effects on peristaltic flow of Jeffrey nanofluid with Joule heating

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    Hayat, T.; Shafique, Maryam; Tanveer, A.; Alsaedi, A.

    2016-06-01

    This paper addresses mixed convective peristaltic flow of Jeffrey nanofluid in a channel with complaint walls. The present investigation includes the viscous dissipation, thermal radiation and Joule heating. Hall and ion slip effects are also taken into account. Related problems through long wavelength and low Reynolds number are examined for stream function, temperature and concentration. Impacts of thermal radiation, Hartman number, Brownian motion parameter, thermophoresis, Joule heating, Hall and ion slip parameters are investigated in detail. It is observed that velocity increases and temperature decreases with Hall and ion slip parameters. Further the thermal radiation on temperature has qualitatively similar role to that of Hall and ion slip effects.

  8. Peristaltic flow of Johnson-Segalman fluid in asymmetric channel with convective boundary conditions

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    H YASMIN; T HAYAT; A ALSAEDI; HH ALSULAMI

    2014-01-01

    This work is concerned with the peristaltic transport of the Johnson-Segalman fluid in an asymmetric channel with convective boundary conditions. The mathematical modeling is based upon the conservation laws of mass, linear momentum, and energy. The resulting equations are solved after long wavelength and low Reynolds number are used. The results for the axial pressure gradient, velocity, and temperature profiles are obtained for small Weissenberg number. The expressions of the pressure gra-dient, velocity, and temperature are analyzed for various embedded parameters. Pumping and trapping phenomena are also explored.

  9. Soret and Dufour Effects on MHD Peristaltic Flow of Jeffrey Fluid in a Rotating System with Porous Medium

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    Hayat, Tasawar; Rafiq, Maimona; Ahmad, Bashir

    2016-01-01

    The objective of present paper is to examine the peristaltic flow of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Jeffrey fluid saturating porous space in a channel through rotating frame. Unlike the previous attempts, the flow formulation is based upon modified Darcy's law porous medium effect in Jeffrey fluid situation. In addition the impacts due to Soret and Dufour effects in the radiative peristaltic flow are accounted. Rosseland’s approximation has been utilized for the thermal radiative heat flux. Lubrication approach is implemented for the simplification. Resulting problems are solved for the stream function, temperature and concentration. Graphical results are prepared and analyzed for different parameters of interest entering into the problems. PMID:26808387

  10. Soret and Dufour Effects on MHD Peristaltic Flow of Jeffrey Fluid in a Rotating System with Porous Medium.

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    Tasawar Hayat

    Full Text Available The objective of present paper is to examine the peristaltic flow of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD Jeffrey fluid saturating porous space in a channel through rotating frame. Unlike the previous attempts, the flow formulation is based upon modified Darcy's law porous medium effect in Jeffrey fluid situation. In addition the impacts due to Soret and Dufour effects in the radiative peristaltic flow are accounted. Rosseland's approximation has been utilized for the thermal radiative heat flux. Lubrication approach is implemented for the simplification. Resulting problems are solved for the stream function, temperature and concentration. Graphical results are prepared and analyzed for different parameters of interest entering into the problems.

  11. DYNAMIC BIMORPH THERMO-PIEZOELECTRIC BENDERS WITH ARBITRARY SUPPORT LOCATION. PART I: APPLICATION TO ENERGY HARVESTING-ANALYTICAL DERIVATIONS

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    Bagdasaryan G. Y.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A comprehensive theoretical analysis of a dynamic thermo-ferro-electric pre-stressed bimorph energy harvester is performed. The analysis also takes into account pyroelectric and thermal expansion effects. The most general analytical expression for the energy conversation coefficients are presented for bi-layer. These coefficients we derive for more general situation when mechanical, electrical, thermal fields are present. We derive coefficients (transformation coefficients for sensing, actuating, and energy harvesting. As a particular case, we derive an analytical expression for the energy harvesting coefficient due to pyroelectric and thermal expansion effects in a rater general situation. This is a function of material properties, location of boundary conditions, vibration frequency, and in plane compressive/tensile follower force. Numerical simulations of the analytical results are presented. Effects of volume fraction, material properties, applied mechanical loads, and boundary conditions on the harvesting coefficients are introduced in the figures. The results for a cantilever and a simply-supported plate-layer are obtained as particular cases. The result for a low frequency (static system is obtained as a particular case by approaching the vibration frequency to zero. It is shown that volume fraction, material properties, plain compressive/tensile follower force, the location of the boundary conditions, and the vibrational frequency of the bimorph strongly influence the strain distribution, and this in effect influences the charge coefficient and the generation of energy. The proposed model can be extended to thermal energy harvesters of piezoelectric-shape memory alloy (SMA composites.

  12. Fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer bimorph actuator based on polyvinylidene fluoride and its electrostrictive terpolymer

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    Engel, Leeya; Van Volkinburg, Kyle R.; Ben-David, Moti; Washington, Gregory N.; Krylov, Slava; Shacham-Diamand, Yosi

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer cantilevered bimorph beam actuator and its frequency response. Tip deflections of the beam, induced by applying an AC signal across ferroelectric relaxor polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)), reached a magnitude of 350μm under a field of ~55MV/m and were recorded externally using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Deflections were determined simultaneously by applying a sensing model to the voltage measured across the bimorph's integrated layer of piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The sensing model treats the structure as a simple Euler- Bernoulli cantilevered beam with two distributed active elements represented through the use of generalized functions and offers a method through which real time tip deflection can be measured without the need for external visualization. When not being used as a sensing element, the PVDF layer can provide an additional means for actuation of the beam via the converse piezoelectric effect, resulting in bidirectional control of the beam's deflections. Integration of flexible sensing elements together with modeling of the electroactive polymer beam can benefit the developing field of polymer microactuators which have applications in soft robotics as "smart" prosthetics/implants, haptic displays, tools for less invasive surgery, and sensing.

  13. Creating flat-top X-ray beams by applying surface profiles of alternating curvature to deformable piezo bimorph mirrors.

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    Sutter, John P; Alcock, Simon G; Kashyap, Yogesh; Nistea, Ioana; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2016-11-01

    Beam shaping is becoming increasingly important for synchrotron X-ray applications. Although routine for visible light lasers, this is challenging for X-rays due to the limited source coherence and extreme optical tolerances required for the shaping mirrors. In deliberate defocusing, even surface errors piezo bimorph mirrors permit a continuous range of X-ray beam sizes and shapes. A new theory is developed for applying non-periodic modifications of alternating curvature to optical surfaces. The position and length of the segments may be freely chosen. For the first time, surface modifications of alternating curvature are applied to bimorph mirrors to generate non-Gaussian X-ray beam profiles of specified width. The new theory's freedom is exploited to choose the segments to match the polishing errors of medium wavelength (>10 mm) and the piezos' influence on the mirror's figure. Five- and seven-segment modifications of alternating curvature are calculated and verified by visible light and X-ray metrology. The latter yields beam profiles with less striation than those made by defocusing. Remaining beam striations are explained by applying geometrical optics to the deviations from the ideal surface modifications of alternating curvature.

  14. MHD peristaltic transport of spherical and cylindrical magneto-nanoparticles suspended in water

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Advancements in the biomedical engineering have enhanced the usage of magnto-nanoparticles in improving the precision and efficiency of the magneto-drug delivery systems. Such systems make use of the externally applied magnetic fields to direct the drug towards a specific target in the human body. Peristalsis of magneto-nanofluids is of significant importance in such considerations. Hence peristaltic transport of Fe3O4-water nanofluid through a two-dimensional symmetric channel is analyzed in the presence of an externally applied constant magnetic field. Hamilton-Crosser’s model of the thermal conductivity is utilized in the problem development. The nanofluid saturates a non-uniform porous medium in which the porosity of the porous medium varies with the distance from the channel walls. Analysis is performed for the spherical and the cylindrical nanoparticles. Resulting system of equations is numerically solved. Impacts of sundry parameters on the axial velocity, temperature, pressure gradient and heat transfer rate at the boundary are examined. Comparison between the results for spherical and cylindrical nanoparticles is also presented. Results show that the nanoparticles volume fraction and the Hartman number have increasing effect on the pressure gradient throughout the peristaltic tract. Effective heat transfer rate at the boundary tends to enhance with an increase in the nanoparticles volume fraction. Use of spherical nanoparticles results in a higher value of axial velocity and the temperature at the center of channel when compared with the case of cylindrical nanoparticles.

  15. Williamson Fluid Model for the Peristaltic Flow of Chyme in Small Intestine

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mathematical model for the peristaltic flow of chyme in small intestine along with inserted endoscope is considered. Here, chyme is treated as Williamson fluid, and the flow is considered between the annular region formed by two concentric tubes (i.e., outer tube as small intestine and inner tube as endoscope. Flow is induced by two sinusoidal peristaltic waves of different wave lengths, traveling down the intestinal wall with the same speed. The governing equations of Williamson fluid in cylindrical coordinates have been modeled. The resulting nonlinear momentum equations are simplified using long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations. The resulting problem is solved using regular perturbation method in terms of a variant of Weissenberg number We. The numerical solution of the problem is also computed by using shooting method, and comparison of results of both solutions for velocity field is presented. The expressions for axial velocity, frictional force, pressure rise, stream function, and axial pressure gradient are obtained, and the effects of various emerging parameters on the flow characteristics are illustrated graphically. Furthermore, the streamlines pattern is plotted, and it is observed that trapping occurs, and the size of the trapped bolus varies with varying embedded flow parameters.

  16. Effect of Longitudinal Motion of Boundary Material Points on Peristaltic Transport

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    Pal, Anupam; Brasseur, James

    1998-11-01

    During peristaltic transport of food through the esophagus, material points on the esophageal wall move axially as well as radially. These motions are a consequence of shortening of the longitudinal muscle. Here we evaluate the effect of these axial motions on the transport, forces and power associated with peristalsis. METHODS: The geometries of axisymmetric esophageal peristaltic waves are approximated as ``tear drop'' shaped. The trajectories of material points on the boundary are defined mathematically to resemble closely measurements in the esophagus. We apply the lubrication theory approximations, for low Reynolds number and gentle wall curvature. RESULTS: The longitudinal motions of the boundary material points do not significantly affect the flow rate. However, pressure and shear stress in the contraction zone can be lowered significantly by axial motion, leading to lower energy requirements. The magnitude of reduction in the stresses is greatest when the points of maximal axial strain and occlusion pressure are nearly aligned. DISCUSSION: The axial motion of the muscle wall has been hypothesized to play a physiological role by increasing muscle fiber density and thereby reducing average muscle fiber tension. This study shows that longitudinal motion also reduces the pressure and shear stress, implying even lower tension. The consequent lower energy requirement increases efficiency of transport.

  17. The Relation between Peristaltic and Segmental Contraction, Mixing, and Absorption in the Small Intestine

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    Banco, Gino; Brasseur, James; Wang, Yanxing; Ailiani, Amit; Neuberger, Thomas; Webb, Andrew

    2009-11-01

    The physiology and mechanics of the small intestine originates with lumen-scale fluid motions generated by enterically controlled muscle wall contractions. Although complex in appearance, we have shown with principle component decomposition of gut motion from a rat model that simpler component structure may integrate to produce basic peristaltic and segmental motions. To couple these measured modes with fluid mixing and nutrient absorption we have developed 2-D and axisymmetric models of the gut using the lattice-Boltzmann framework with scalar and second order moving boundary conditions. Previous models indicated that peristalsis is detrimental to absorption and therefore that gut motility is likely bimodal, transitioning between peristalsis and segmental modes to optimize the transport of chyme vs. nutrient absorption. However we have since discovered that more complex control is possible due to potential transitions between ``trapped'' vs. ``nontrapped'' peristaltic fluid motions, depending on occlusion ratio. These transitions lead to an important distinction between 2-D and axisymmetric models and indicate that gut motility may be more finely controlled than previously thought. [Supported by NSF

  18. Peristaltic Transport of a Rheological Fluid: Model for Movement of Food Bolus Through Esophagus

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    Misra, J C

    2011-01-01

    Fluid mechanical peristaltic transport through esophagus has been of concern in the paper. A mathematical model has been developed with an aim to study the peristaltic transport of a rheological fluid for arbitrary wave shapes and tube lengths. The Ostwald-de Waele power law of viscous fluid is considered here to depict the non-Newtonian behaviour of the fluid. The model is formulated and analyzed with the specific aim of exploring some important information concerning the movement of food bolus through the esophagus. The analysis has been carried out by using lubrication theory. The study is particularly suitable for cases where the Reynolds number is small. The esophagus is treated as a circular tube through which the transport of food bolus takes places by periodic contraction of the esophageal wall. Variation of different variables concerned with the transport phenomena such as pressure, flow velocity, particle trajectory and reflux are investigated for a single wave as well as for a train of periodic per...

  19. Finite element analysis and experiment on piezoelectric bimorph%压电双晶片的有限元分析及实验

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    李龙土; 邬军飞; 褚祥诚; 季叶

    2008-01-01

    The deformation of bimorph is analyzed by using the Finite Element Method(FEM).The influences of middle elastic beam and piezoelectric layer on the deflection actuator are studied.The correlations of the applied voltage,the elastic modulus of beam and the thickness of piezoelectric 1aver are analyzed quantitatively to provide a theoretical basis and design method for the bimorph actuators.The mechanical force derived from the bimorph deformation is also studied. Furthermore,experiments are carried out to validate the finite element model.The vilidation shows that the tip-deflection ment results demonstrate that the piezoelectric bimorph model used in this paper is feasible and effective.Moreover,the resonance property of the bimorph is measured by the polytec 300-F scanning vibrometer.The bimorph performs an exceeding deflection about 1.7 mm at the tip when it resonates at a frequency about 310 Hz under an alternating voltage of 20 Vp-p.These numerical and experimental results are useful to design and optimize the piezoelectric bimorph.%采用有限元分析方法,分析了压电双晶片悬臂梁的位移形变特征.研究了金属弹性层、压电陶瓷片的材料属性及几何尺寸对双晶片偏转位移的影响;计算了双晶片的弹性模量、厚度以及加载电压与位移形变产生弯应力的关系;通过位移测试、弯应力测试等相关实验对有限元分析进行了验证.当加载电压为60 V(120 Vp-p)时,双晶片的偏转位移和弯应力分别为166/μm和34.7 m·N,实验结果证明本文所建的有限元模型是合理有效的.此外,测试了压电双晶片的振动特性,测得其谐振频率为310 Hz,在该频率下加载20 Vp-p电压,其端部位移输出即可达1.7 mm.有限元分析结果及实验验证为压电双晶片结构的优化设计提供了依据.

  20. A study of unsteady physiological magneto-fluid flow and heat transfer through a finite length channel by peristaltic pumping.

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Bég, O Anwar

    2012-08-01

    Magnetohydrodynamic peristaltic flows arise in controlled magnetic drug targeting, hybrid haemodynamic pumps and biomagnetic phenomena interacting with the human digestive system. Motivated by the objective of improving an understanding of the complex fluid dynamics in such flows, we consider in the present article the transient magneto-fluid flow and heat transfer through a finite length channel by peristaltic pumping. Reynolds number is small enough and the wavelength to diameter ratio is large enough to negate inertial effects. Analytical solutions for temperature field, axial velocity, transverse velocity, pressure gradient, local wall shear stress, volume flowrate and averaged volume flowrate are obtained. The effects of the transverse magnetic field, Grashof number and thermal conductivity on the flow patterns induced by peristaltic waves (sinusoidal propagation along the length of channel) are studied using graphical plots. The present study identifies that greater pressure is required to propel the magneto-fluid by peristaltic pumping in comparison to a non-conducting Newtonian fluid, whereas, a lower pressure is required if heat transfer is effective. The analytical solutions further provide an important benchmark for future numerical simulations.

  1. Analysis of Peristaltic Motion of a Nanofluid with Wall Shear Stress, Microrotation, and Thermal Radiation Effects

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    Dhanapal, C.; Kamalakkannan, J.; Prakash, J.

    2016-01-01

    This paper analyzes the peristaltic flow of an incompressible micropolar nanofluid in a tapered asymmetric channel in the presence of thermal radiation and heat sources parameters. The rotation of the nanoparticles is incorporated in the flow model. The equations governing the nanofluid flow are modeled and exact solutions are managed under long wavelength and flow Reynolds number and long wavelength approximations. Explicit expressions of axial velocity, stream function, microrotation, nanoparticle temperature, and concentration have been derived. The phenomena of shear stress and trapping have also been discussed. Finally, the influences of various parameters of interest on flow variables have been discussed numerically and explained graphically. Besides, the results obtained in this paper will be helpful to those who are working on the development of various realms like fluid mechanics, the rotation, Brownian motion, thermophoresis, coupling number, micropolar parameter, and the nondimensional geometry parameters. PMID:27688703

  2. Development of a Peristaltic Micropump for Bio-Medical Applications Based on Mini LIPCA

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    Thanh Tung Nguyen; My Pham; Nam Seo Goo

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a peristaltic micropump. The micropump is composed of two layers fabricated from Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) material. The first layer has a rectangular channel and two valve seals. Three rectangular mini lightweight piezo-composite actuators are integrated in the second layer, and used as actuation parts.Two layers are bonded, and covered by two Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) plates, which help increase the stiffness of the micropump.A maximum flow rate of 900 uL·min-1 and a maximum backpressure of 1.8 kPa are recorded when water is used as pump liquid. We measured the power consumption of the micropump. The micropump is found to be a prom- ising candidate for bio-medical application due to its bio-compatibility, portability, bidirectionality, and simple effective design.

  3. Peristaltic flow of a reactive viscous fluid through a porous saturated channel and convective cooling conditions

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    Asghar, S.; Hussain, Q.; Hayat, T.; Alsaedi, A.

    2015-07-01

    This article addresses the heat transfer in a peristaltic flow of a reactive combustible viscous fluid through a porous saturated medium. The flow here is induced because of travelling waves along the channel walls. It is assumed that exothermic chemical reactions take place within the channel under the Arrhenius kinetics and the convective heat exchange with the ambient medium at the surfaces of the channel walls follows Newton's law of cooling. The analysis is carried out in the presence of viscous dissipation and without consumption of the material. The governing equations are formulated by employing the long-wavelength approximation. Closed-form solutions for the stream function, axial velocity, and axial pressure gradient are obtained. It is found that the temperature decreases at high Biot numbers, and the Nusselt number increases with increasing reaction parameter. The Biot number and reaction parameter produce the opposite effects on the Nusselt number.

  4. Peristaltic flow of a micropolar fluid with nano particles in small intestine

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    Akbar, Noreen Sher; Nadeem, S.

    2013-12-01

    The present article analyzed the peristaltic flow of a nanofluid in a uniform tube for micropolar fluid. The governing equations for proposed model are developed in cylindrical coordinates system. The flow is discussed in a wave frame of reference moving with velocity of the wave c. Under the assumptions of longwave length the reduced coupled nonlinear differential equations of momentum, energy, and concentrations are solved by Homotopy perturbation method is used to get the solutions for velocity, temperature, nano particle, microrotation component. The solutions consists Brownian motion number N b, thermophoresis number N t, local temperature Grashof number B r and local nano particle Grashof number G r . The effects of various parameters involved in the problem are investigated for pressure rise, pressure gradient, temperature and concentration profile. Five different waves are taken into account for analysis. Streamlines have been plotted at the end of the article.

  5. Characteristics of Jeffrey fluid model for peristaltic flow of chyme in small intestine with magnetic field

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    Akbar, Noreen Sher; Nadeem, S.; Lee, Changhoon

    In the present article we have analyzed the Jeffrey fluid model for the peristaltic flow of chyme in the small intestine. We have formulated the problem using two non-periodic sinusoidal waves of different wavelengths propagating with same speed c along the outer wall of the tube. Governing equations for the problem under consideration have been simplified under the assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximation (such assumptions are consistent since Re (Reynolds number) is very small and long wavelength approximation also exists in the small intestine). Exact solutions have been calculated for velocity and pressure rise. Physical behavior of different parameters of Jeffrey fluid has been presented graphically for velocity, pressure rise, pressure gradient and frictional forces. The trapping phenomenon is also discussed at the end of the article.

  6. Peristaltic Pumping near Post-CME Supra-Arcade Current Sheets

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    Scott, Roger B; McKenzie, David E

    2013-01-01

    Measurements of temperature and density near supra-arcade current sheets suggest that plasma on unreconnected field lines may experience some degree of "pre-heating" and "pre-densification" prior to their reconnection. Models of patchy reconnection allow for heating and acceleration of plasma along reconnected field lines but do not offer a mechanism for transport of thermal energy across field lines. Here we present a model in which a reconnected flux tube retracts, deforming the surrounding layer of unreconnected field. The deformation creates constrictions that act as peristaltic pumps, driving plasma flow along affected field lines. Under certain circumstances these flows lead to shocks that can extend far out into the unreconnected field, altering the plasma properties in the affected region. These findings have direct implications for observations in the solar corona, particularly in regard to such phenomena as high temperatures near current sheets in eruptive solar flares and wakes seen in the form of ...

  7. Numerical simulation for peristaltic activity of Sutterby fluid with modified Darcy's law

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    Hayat, T.; Ayub, S.; Alsaedi, A.; Tanveer, A.; Ahmad, B.

    The current work examines the peristaltic flow of Sutterby fluid in a planar symmetric channel. Electrically conducting fluid is considered via imposed magnetic field. An incompressible Sutterby fluid saturates the porous medium. Modified Darcy's law has been employed for the porous medium effect. The channel walls are compliant. Convective conditions of heat and mass transfer are imposed. Viscous dissipation and Joule heating are retained. Problem for large wavelength are numerically solved. The graphs are obtained for the velocity, temperature, concentration and heat transfer rate. Velocity and concentration profiles are observed to have opposite behavior for increasing Darcy number. It is found that the effect of Hartman number on the velocity and temperature profiles is similar. Further heat transfer coefficient strengthened when heat transfer Biot number is increased.

  8. Simultaneous effects of slip and wall properties on MHD peristaltic motion of nanofluid with Joule heating

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    This paper is devoted to the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) peristaltic transport of nanofluid in a channel with wall properties. Flow analysis is addressed in the presence of viscous dissipation, partial slip and Joule heating effects. Mathematical modelling also includes the salient features of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. Both analytic and numerical solutions are provided. Comparison between the solutions is shown in a very good agreement. Attention is focused to the Brownian motion parameter, thermophoresis parameter, Hartman number, Eckert number and Prandtl number. Influences of various parameters on skin friction coefficient, Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are also investigated. It is found that both the temperature and nanoparticles concentration are increasing functions of Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters. - Highlights: • Temperature rises when Brownian motion and thermophoresis effects intensify. • Temperature profile increases when thermal slip parameter increases. • Concentration field is a decreasing function of concentration slip parameter. • Temperature decreases whereas concentration increases for Hartman number.

  9. Multi-channel peristaltic pump for microfluidic applications featuring monolithic PDMS inlay

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    Skafte-Pedersen, Peder; Sabourin, David; Dufva, Martin

    2009-01-01

    The design, fabrication and characterization of a miniaturized, mechanically-actuated 12-channel peristaltic pump for microfluidic applications and built from simple, low-cost materials and fabrication methods is presented. Two pump configurations are tested, including one which reduces pulsating...... flow. Both use a monolithic PDMS pumping inlay featuring three-dimensional geometries favourable to pumping applications and 12 wholly integrated circular channels. Flow rates in the sub-µL min-1 to µL min-1 range were obtained. Channel-to-channel flow rate variability was comparable to a commercial...... pumping system at lower flow rates. The small footprint, 40 mm by 80 mm, of the micropump renders it portable, and allows its use on microscope stages adjacent to microfluidic devices, thus reducing system dead volumes. The micropump's design allows potential use in remote and resource-limited locations...

  10. Peristaltic motion of Johnson-Segalman fluid in a curved channel with slip conditions.

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    Sadia Hina

    Full Text Available Slip effects on the peristaltic transport of Johnson-Segalman fluid through a curved channel have been addressed. The influence of wall properties is also analyzed. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions have been utilized in the mathematical formulation of the problem. The equations so formed have been solved numerically by shooting method through computational software Mathematica 8. In addition the analytic solution for small Weissenberg number (elastic parameter is computed through a regular perturbation method. An excellent agreement is noticed between the two solutions. The results indicate an increase in the magnitude of velocity with an intensification in the slip effect. Moreover the size and circulation of the trapped boluses increase with an increase in the slip parameter. Unlike the planar channel, the profiles of axial velocity are not symmetric about the central line of the channel.

  11. Peristaltic motion of Johnson-Segalman fluid in a curved channel with slip conditions.

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    Hina, Sadia; Mustafa, Meraj; Hayat, Tasawar

    2014-01-01

    Slip effects on the peristaltic transport of Johnson-Segalman fluid through a curved channel have been addressed. The influence of wall properties is also analyzed. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions have been utilized in the mathematical formulation of the problem. The equations so formed have been solved numerically by shooting method through computational software Mathematica 8. In addition the analytic solution for small Weissenberg number (elastic parameter) is computed through a regular perturbation method. An excellent agreement is noticed between the two solutions. The results indicate an increase in the magnitude of velocity with an intensification in the slip effect. Moreover the size and circulation of the trapped boluses increase with an increase in the slip parameter. Unlike the planar channel, the profiles of axial velocity are not symmetric about the central line of the channel.

  12. Rotation effect on peristaltic transport of a Jeffrey fluid in an asymmetric channel with gravity field

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    A.M. Abd-Alla

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    Full Text Available In this paper, the peristaltic flow of a Jeffrey fluid in an asymmetric rotating channel is studied under long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions are investigated. Closed form expressions for the pressure gradient, pressure rise, stream function, axial velocity and shear stress on the channel walls have been computed numerically. The effects of the ratio of relaxation to retardation times, time-mean flow, rotation, the phase angle and the gravity field on the pressure gradient, pressure rise, streamline, axial velocity and shear stress are discussed in detail and shown graphically. The results indicate that the effect of the ratio of relaxation to retardation times, time-mean flow, rotation, the phase angle and the gravitational field are very pronounced in the phenomena. Comparison was made with the results obtained in the asymmetric channel and symmetric channel.

  13. Simultaneous effects of slip and wall properties on MHD peristaltic motion of nanofluid with Joule heating

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    Hayat, T.; Nisar, Z.; Ahmad, B.; Yasmin, H.

    2015-12-01

    This paper is devoted to the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) peristaltic transport of nanofluid in a channel with wall properties. Flow analysis is addressed in the presence of viscous dissipation, partial slip and Joule heating effects. Mathematical modelling also includes the salient features of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. Both analytic and numerical solutions are provided. Comparison between the solutions is shown in a very good agreement. Attention is focused to the Brownian motion parameter, thermophoresis parameter, Hartman number, Eckert number and Prandtl number. Influences of various parameters on skin friction coefficient, Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are also investigated. It is found that both the temperature and nanoparticles concentration are increasing functions of Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters.

  14. Analysis of Peristaltic Motion of a Nanofluid with Wall Shear Stress, Microrotation, and Thermal Radiation Effects

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    C. Dhanapal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the peristaltic flow of an incompressible micropolar nanofluid in a tapered asymmetric channel in the presence of thermal radiation and heat sources parameters. The rotation of the nanoparticles is incorporated in the flow model. The equations governing the nanofluid flow are modeled and exact solutions are managed under long wavelength and flow Reynolds number and long wavelength approximations. Explicit expressions of axial velocity, stream function, microrotation, nanoparticle temperature, and concentration have been derived. The phenomena of shear stress and trapping have also been discussed. Finally, the influences of various parameters of interest on flow variables have been discussed numerically and explained graphically. Besides, the results obtained in this paper will be helpful to those who are working on the development of various realms like fluid mechanics, the rotation, Brownian motion, thermophoresis, coupling number, micropolar parameter, and the nondimensional geometry parameters.

  15. MHD mixed convective peristaltic motion of nanofluid with Joule heating and thermophoresis effects.

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    Shehzad, Sabir Ali; Abbasi, Fahad Munir; Hayat, Tasawar; Alsaadi, Fuad

    2014-01-01

    The primary objective of present investigation is to introduce the novel aspect of thermophoresis in the mixed convective peristaltic transport of viscous nanofluid. Viscous dissipation and Joule heating are also taken into account. Problem is modeled using the lubrication approach. Resulting system of equations is solved numerically. Effects of sundry parameters on the velocity, temperature, concentration of nanoparticles and heat and mass transfer rates at the wall are studied through graphs. It is noted that the concentration of nanoparticles near the boundaries is enhanced for larger thermophoresis parameter. However reverse situation is observed for an increase in the value of Brownian motion parameter. Further, the mass transfer rate at the wall significantly decreases when Brownian motion parameter is assigned higher values.

  16. Effects of nanoparticles on the peristaltic motion of tangent hyperbolic fluid model in an annulus

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    S. Nadeem

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present article, effects of nanoparticles on the peristaltic flow of tangent hyperbolic fluid in an annulus are described. The two-dimensional equations of tangent hyperbolic fluid are solved by using the assumptions of low Reynolds number and long wavelength. Analytical solution is obtained with the help of homotopy perturbation and Adomian decomposition method for velocity, temperature and nanoparticles concentration. Solutions are discussed through graphs. Solutions for pressure rise, temperature, nanoparticles concentration, pressure gradient and streamlines are plotted for various emerging parameters. It is found that the temperature profile increases with increase in Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameter. It is also found that the size of the trapped bolus in triangular wave is smaller as compared to other waves. Further, the comparison of both analytical solutions is presented.

  17. Electrohydrodynamic peristaltic flow of a viscoelastic Oldroyd fluid with a mild stenosis: Application of an endoscope

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    El-dabe, N. T. M.; Moatimid, G. M.; Hassan, M. A.; Mostapha, D. R.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of a vertical alternating current, electric field, and heat transfer on a peristaltic flow of a dielectric viscoelastic Oldroyd fluid is studied. This analysis involves uniform and nonuniform annuli having a mild stenosis. The analytical solutions of equations of motion are based on the perturbation technique. This technique depends on two parameters: amplitude ratio and small wave number. Numerical calculations are performed to obtain the effects of several parameters, such as the electrical Rayleigh number, temperature gradient, Reynolds number, wave number, maximum height of stenosis, and Weissenberg numbers, on the distributions of velocity, temperature, electric potential, and wall shear stress. It is found that the above-mentioned distributions in the case of a convergent tapered tube are larger than those in the case of a non-tapered one as well as a diverging tapered tube.

  18. A Peristaltic Micro Pump Driven by a Rotating Motor with Magnetically Attracted Steel Balls

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    Zhaoying Zhou

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a membrane peristaltic micro pump driven by a rotating motor with magnetically attracted steel balls for lab-on-a-chip applications. The fabrication process is based on standard soft lithography technology and bonding of a PDMS layer with a PMMA substrate. A linear flow rate range ~490 μL/min was obtained by simply varying the rotation speed of a DC motor, and a maximum back pressure of 592 Pa was achieved at a rotation speed of 43 rpm. The flow rate of the pump can also be adjusted by using steel balls with different diameters or changing the number of balls. Nevertheless, the micro pump can also work in high speed mode. A high back pressure up to 10 kPa was achieved at 500 rpm using a high speed DC motor, and an utmost flow rate up to 5 mL/min was reached.

  19. A peristaltic micro pump driven by a rotating motor with magnetically attracted steel balls.

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    Du, Min; Ye, Xiongying; Wu, Kang; Zhou, Zhaoying

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present a membrane peristaltic micro pump driven by a rotating motor with magnetically attracted steel balls for lab-on-a-chip applications. The fabrication process is based on standard soft lithography technology and bonding of a PDMS layer with a PMMA substrate. A linear flow rate range ∼490 μL/min was obtained by simply varying the rotation speed of a DC motor, and a maximum back pressure of 592 Pa was achieved at a rotation speed of 43 rpm. The flow rate of the pump can also be adjusted by using steel balls with different diameters or changing the number of balls. Nevertheless, the micro pump can also work in high speed mode. A high back pressure up to 10 kPa was achieved at 500 rpm using a high speed DC motor, and an utmost flow rate up to 5 mL/min was reached.

  20. Stokesian peristaltic pumping in a three-dimensional tube with a phase-shifted asymmetry

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    Aranda, Vivian; Cortez, Ricardo; Fauci, Lisa

    2011-08-01

    Many physiological flows are driven by waves of muscular contractions passed along a tubular structure. This peristaltic pumping plays a role in ovum transport in the oviduct and in rapid sperm transport through the uterus. As such, flow due to peristalsis has been a central theme in classical biological fluid dynamics. Analytical approaches and numerical methods have been used to study flow in two-dimensional channels and three-dimensional tubes. In two dimensions, the effect of asymmetry due to a phase shift between the channel walls has been examined. However, in three dimensions, peristalsis in a non-axisymmetric tube has received little attention. Here, we present a computational model of peristaltic pumping of a viscous fluid in three dimensions based upon the method of regularized Stokeslets. In particular, we study the flow structure and mean flow in a three-dimensional tube whose asymmetry is governed by a single phase-shift parameter. We view this as a three-dimensional analog of the phase-shifted two-dimensional channel. We find that the maximum mean flow rate is achieved for the parameter that results in an axisymmetric tube. We also validate this approach by comparing our computational results with classical long-wavelength theory for the three-dimensional axisymmetric tube. This computational framework is easily implemented and may be adapted to more comprehensive physiological models where the kinematics of the tube walls are not specified a priori, but emerge due to the coupling of its passive elastic properties, force generating mechanisms, and the surrounding viscous fluid.

  1. Fabrication and performance evaluation of a metal-based bimorph piezoelectric MEMS generator for vibration energy harvesting

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    Kuo, Chun-Liang; Lin, Shun-Chiu; Wu, Wen-Jong

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents the development of a bimorph microelectromechanical system (MEMS) generator for vibration energy harvesting. The bimorph generator is in cantilever beam structure formed by laminating two lead zirconate titanate thick-film layers on both sides of a stainless steel substrate. Aiming to scavenge vibration energy efficiently from the environment and transform into useful electrical energy, the two piezoelectric layers on the device can be poled for serial and parallel connections to enhance the output voltage or output current respectively. In addition, a tungsten proof mass is bonded at the tip of the device to adjust the resonance frequency. The experimental result shows superior performance the generator. At the 0.5 g base excitation acceleration level, the devices pooled for serial connection and the device poled for parallel connection possess an open-circuit output voltage of 11.6 VP-P and 20.1 VP-P, respectively. The device poled for parallel connection reaches a maximum power output of 423 μW and an output voltage of 15.2 VP-P at an excitation frequency of 143.4 Hz and an externally applied based excitation acceleration of 1.5 g, whereas the device poled serial connection achieves a maximum power output of 413 μW and an output voltage of 33.0 VP-P at an excitation frequency of 140.8 Hz and an externally applied base excitation acceleration of 1.5 g. To demonstrate the feasibility of the MEMS generator for real applications, we finished the demonstration of a self-powered Bluetooth low energy wireless temperature sensor sending readings to a smartphone with only the power from the MEMS generator harvesting from vibration.

  2. Shaker-type Kv1 channel blockers increase the peristaltic activity of guinea-pig ileum by stimulating acetylcholine and tachykinins release by the enteric nervous system.

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    Vianna-Jorge, Rosane; Oliveira, Cyntia F; Garcia, Maria L; Kaczorowski, Gregory J; Suarez-Kurtz, Guilherme

    2003-01-01

    1 A constant intraluminal pressure system was used to evaluate the effects of Kv1 channel blockers on the peristaltic activity of guinea-pig ileum. 2 The nortriterpene correolide, a non-selective inhibitor of all Kv1 sub-types, causes progressive and sustained reduction of the pressure threshold for eliciting peristaltic contractions. 3 Margatoxin (MgTX), alpha-dendrotoxin (alpha-DTX) and dendrotoxin-K (DTX-K), highly selective peptidyl inhibitors of certain Kv1 sub-types, cause immediate reduction of the pressure threshold. This effect subsides with time, irrespective of the peptides' concentration in the bath. In preparations pretreated with saturating concentrations of MgTX, correolide further stimulates the peristaltic activity. 4 Iberiotoxin (IbTX), a selective inhibitor of the high-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels, and charybdotoxin (ChTX), which inhibits Kv1.2 and Kv1.3 as well as BK channels, fail to stimulate the peristaltic activity. 5 Blockade of muscarinic receptors by atropine reduces, and occasionally suppresses the peristaltic activity of guinea-pig ileum. In atropine-treated preparations, correolide and MgTX retain their abilities to reduce the pressure threshold and are able to restore the peristaltic reflex in the preparations where this reflex was suppressed by atropine. 6 The stimulatory effect of correolide and MgTX in atropine-treated preparations is abolished by subsequent addition of selective antagonists of both NK1 and NK2 receptors. 7 In conclusion, blockade of Kv1, particularly Kv1.1 channels, increases the peristaltic activity of guinea-pig ileum by enhancing the release of neurotransmitters at the enteric nervous system. In contrast, stimulation of the myogenic motility by blockade of BK channels does not affect the threshold for the peristaltic reflex.

  3. Differential peristaltic motor effects of prostanoid (DP, EP, IP, TP) and leukotriene receptor agonists in the guinea-pig isolated small intestine

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    Shahbazian, Anaid; Heinemann, Akos; Peskar, Bernhard A; Holzer, Peter

    2002-01-01

    Since the role of prostanoid receptors in intestinal peristalsis is largely unknown, the peristaltic motor effects of some prostaglandin (DP, EP, IP), thromboxane (TP) and leukotriene (LT) receptor agonists and antagonists were investigated.Propulsive peristalsis in fluid-perfused segments from the guinea-pig small intestine was triggered by a rise of the intraluminal pressure and recorded via the intraluminal pressure changes associated with the peristaltic waves. Alterations of distension s...

  4. Effects of heat transfer on peristaltic motion of Oldroyd fluid in the presence of inclined magnetic field

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    Afsar Khan, A. [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, FBAS, IIUI, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ellahi, R., E-mail: rahmatellahi@yahoo.com [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, FBAS, IIUI, Islamabad (Pakistan); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bourns Hall, University of California Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Mudassar Gulzar, M. [National University of Sciences and Technology, College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Islamabad (Pakistan); Sheikholeslami, Mohsen [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Babol University of Technology, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    In this study the peristaltic motion of Oldroyd fluid in an asymmetric channel is investigated. Mathematical analysis has been carried out in the presence of an inclined magnetic field. Heat transfer is also taken into account. The physical problem is first modeled and then the analytical solutions of coupled equations are developed by regular perturbation method. Assumptions of long wavelength approximation are used. Effects of inclined magnetic field on the axial velocity and temperature are presented. Physical features of pertinent parameters such as wave number δ, Reynolds number Re, Weissenberg number Wi, Prandtl number Pr and Hartmann number M are also discussed graphically at the end of the paper. - Highlights: • This paper analyses heat transfer and inclined magnetic effects in peristaltic motion of Oldroyd fluid. • An asymmetric channel under long wavelength approximation is considered. • Regular perturbation method is used to find analytical solutions. • Effects of sundry parameters are presented through graphs.

  5. Simultaneous effects of Hall and convective conditions on peristaltic flow of couple-stress fluid in an inclined asymmetric channel

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    T Hayat; Maryam Iqbal; Humaira Yasmin; Fuad E Alsaadi; Huijun Gao

    2015-07-01

    A mathematical model is developed to analyse the peristaltic flow of couple-stress fluid in an inclined asymmetric channel with convective conditions. Soret and Dufour and Hall effects are taken into account. Analysis has been carried out in a wave frame of reference. Expressions for velocity, pressure gradient, temperature and concentration are constructed. Pumping and trapping phenomena are examined. Impact of sundry parameters on the velocity, temperature and concentration is discussed.

  6. Transient magneto-peristaltic flow of couple stress biofluids: a magneto-hydro-dynamical study on digestive transport phenomena.

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Anwar Bég, O

    2013-11-01

    Magnetic fields are increasingly being utilized in endoscopy and gastric transport control. In this regard, the present study investigates the influence of a transverse magnetic field in the transient peristaltic rheological transport. An electrically-conducting couple stress non-Newtonian model is employed to accurately simulate physiological fluids in peristaltic flow through a sinusoidally contracting channel of finite length. This model is designed for computing the intra-bolus oesophageal and intestinal pressures during the movement of food bolus in the digestive system under magneto-hydro-dynamic effects. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations have been employed to reduce the governing equations from nonlinear to linear form, this being a valid approach for creeping flows which characterizes physiological dynamics. Analytical approximate solutions for axial velocity, transverse velocity, pressure gradient, local wall shear stress and volumetric flow rate are obtained for the non-dimensional conservation equations subject to appropriate boundary conditions. The effects of couple stress parameter and transverse magnetic field on the velocity profile, pressure distribution, local wall shear stress and the averaged flow rate are discussed with the aid of computational results. The comparative study of non-integral and integral number of waves propagating along the finite length channel is also presented. Magnetic field and non-Newtonian properties are found to strongly influence peristaltic transport.

  7. Study of the Behavior of a Bell-Shaped Colonic Self-Expandable NiTi Stent under Peristaltic Movements

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    Sergio Puértolas

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Managing bowel obstruction produced by colon cancer requires an emergency intervention to patients usually in poor conditions, and it requires creating an intestinal stoma in most cases. Regardless of that the tumor may be resectable, a two-stage surgery is mandatory. To avoid these disadvantages, endoscopic placement of self-expanding stents has been introduced more than 10 years ago, as an alternative to relieve colonic obstruction. It can be used as a bridge to elective single-stage surgery avoiding a stoma or as a definitive palliative solution in patients with irresectable tumor or poor estimated survival. Stents must be capable of exerting an adequate radial pressure on the stenosed wall, keeping in mind that stent must not move or be crushed, guaranteeing an adequate lumen when affected by peristaltic waves. A finite element simulation of bell-shaped nitinol stent functionality has been done. Catheter introduction, releasing at position, and the effect of peristaltic wave were simulated. To check the reliability of the simulation, a clinical experimentation with porcine specimens was carried out. The stent presented a good deployment and flexibility. Stent behavior was excellent, expanding from the very narrow lumen corresponding to the maximum peristaltic pressure to the complete recovery of operative lumen when the pressure disappears.

  8. The uterine peristaltic pump. Normal and impeded sperm transport within the female genital tract.

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    Kunz, G; Beil, D; Deiniger, H; Einspanier, A; Mall, G; Leyendecker, G

    1997-01-01

    Rapid as well as sustained sperm transport from the cervical canal to the isthmical part of the fallopian tube is provided by cervico-fundal uterine peristaltic contractions that can be visualized by vaginal sonography. The peristaltic contractions increase in frequency and presumably also in intensity as the proliferative phase progresses. As shown by placement of labeled albumin macrospheres of sperm size at the external cervical os and serial hysterosalpingoscintigraphy (HSSG) sperm reach, following their vaginal deposition, the uterine cavity within minutes. In the early follicular phase a large proportion of the macrospheres remains at the site of application, while a smaller proportion enters the uterine cavity with even a smaller one reaching the isthmical part of the tubes. In the mid-follicular phase of the cycle with increased frequency and intensity of the uterine contractions the proportion of macrospheres entering the uterine cavity as well as the tubes has significantly increased. In the late follicular phase with maximum frequency and intensity of uterine peristalsis the proportion of macrospheres entering the tube increases further at the expense of those at the site of application as well as within the uterine cavity. The transport of the macrospheres into the tube is preferentially directed into the tube ipsilateral to the dominant follicle, which becomes apparent in the mid-follicular phase as soon as a dominant follicle can be identified by ultrasound. Since the macrosphere are inert particles the directed sperm transport into the tube ipsilateral to the dominant follicle is not functionally related to a mechanism such as chemotaxis but is rather provided by uterine contraction of which the direction may be controlled by a specific myometrial architecture in combination with an asymmetric distribution of myometrial oestradiol receptors. Women with infertility and mostly mild endometriosis display on VSUP a uterine hyperperistalsis with nearly

  9. Mixed convection peristaltic flow of Eyring-Powell nanofluid in a curved channel with compliant walls.

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    Tanveer, Anum; Hayat, T; Alsaadi, Fuad; Alsaedi, A

    2017-03-01

    The novel features of nanofluids made them potentially significant in heat transfer mechanism occurring in medical and industrial processes like microelectronics, pharmaceutical processes, hybrid engines, thermal management of vehicles, refrigerator, chiller, gas temperature reduction and so forth. These processes bear tendency to enhance thermal conductivity and the convective heat transfer more efficiently than base fluid. This unique aspect made nanofluids the topic of interest in recent time via different fluid flow models. The problem in hand is one such application of nanofluids in peristaltic flow through curved channel. Thus peristalsis of Eyring-Powell nanofluid followed through conservation principles of mass, momentum, energy and concentration has been modeled. The whole system is made coupled via viscous dissipation, mixed convection, thermophoresis and Brownian motion. The complexity of system has been executed through a numerical approach after utilizing small Reynolds number and large wavelength concepts. A striking feature of this study is the activation of velocity and temperature with larger Brownian diffusion, whereas reduction is noticed with advancement in thermophoresis. Moreover the numerically obtained results for compliant walls are compatible with those obtained through other techniques.

  10. Motion generation of peristaltic mobile robot with particle swarm optimization algorithm

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    Homma, Takahiro; Kamamichi, Norihiro

    2015-03-01

    In developments of robots, bio-mimetics is attracting attention, which is a technology for the design of the structure and function inspired from biological system. There are a lot of examples of bio-mimetics in robotics such as legged robots, flapping robots, insect-type robots, fish-type robots. In this study, we focus on the motion of earthworm and aim to develop a peristaltic mobile robot. The earthworm is a slender animal moving in soil. It has a segmented body, and each segment can be shorted and lengthened by muscular actions. It can move forward by traveling expanding motions of each segment backward. By mimicking the structure and motion of the earthworm, we can construct a robot with high locomotive performance against an irregular ground or a narrow space. In this paper, to investigate the motion analytically, a dynamical model is introduced, which consist of a series-connected multi-mass model. Simple periodic patterns which mimic the motions of earthworms are applied in an open-loop fashion, and the moving patterns are verified through numerical simulations. Furthermore, to generate efficient motion of the robot, a particle swarm optimization algorithm, one of the meta-heuristic optimization, is applied. The optimized results are investigated by comparing to simple periodic patterns.

  11. Peristaltic transport of a generalized Burgers’ fluid: Application to the movement of chyme in small intestine

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Pandey, S. K.; Das, S.

    2011-07-01

    The present investigation deals with the peristaltic transport of generalized Burgers' fluid with fractional element model in a channel. The analysis is carried out under long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions. An efficient mathematical tool, namely, Adomian decomposition method, is used to obtain the analytical approximate solutions of the fractional differential equation. The channel is governed by the propagation of sinusoidal waves that help the walls contract and relax but not expand beyond the natural boundary. The expressions of axial velocity, volume flow rate and pressure gradient are obtained. The effects of the fractional parameters and the material constants are discussed on pressure difference and the friction force across one wavelength. The comparative studies for various models of viscoelastic fluids such as fractional generalized Burgers' model, generalized Burgers' model, fractional Burgers' model and Burgers' model are performed. It is inferred that the movement of viscoelastic chyme with generalized Burgers' model through the small intestine is favorable in comparison to the movement of viscoelastic chyme with fractional generalized Burgers' model.

  12. A Peristaltic Pump Integrated on a 100% Glass Microchip Using Computer Controlled Piezoelectric Actuators

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Lab-on-a-chip technology is promising for the miniaturization of chemistry, biochemistry, and/or biology researchers looking to exploit the advantages of a microspace. To manipulate fluid on a microchip, on-chip pumps are indispensable. To date, there have been several types of on-chip pumps including pneumatic, electroactive, and magnetically driven. However these pumps introduce polymers, metals, and/or silicon to the microchip, and these materials have several disadvantages, including chemical or physical instability, or an inherent optical detection limit. To overcome/avoid these issues, glass has been one of the most commonly utilized materials for the production of multi-purpose integrated chemical systems. However, glass is very rigid, and it is difficult to incorporate pumps onto glass microchips. This paper reports the use of a very flexible, ultra-thin glass sheet (minimum thickness of a few micrometers to realize a pump installed on an entirely glass-based microchip. The pump is a peristaltic-type, composed of four serial valves sealing a cavity with two penetrate holes using ultra-thin glass sheet. By this pump, an on-chip circulating flow was demonstrated by directly observing fluid flow, visualized via polystyrene tracking particles. The flow rate was proportional to the pumping frequency, with a maximum flow rate of approximately 0.80 μL/min. This on-chip pump could likely be utilized in a wide range of applications which require the stability of a glass microchip.

  13. Three dimensional peristaltic flow of hyperbolic tangent fluid in non-uniform channel having flexible walls

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    M. Ali Abbas

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this present analysis, three dimensional peristaltic flow of hyperbolic tangent fluid in a non-uniform channel has been investigated. We have considered that the pressure is uniform over the whole cross section and the interial effects have been neglected. For this purpose we consider laminar flow under the assumptions of long wavelength (λ→∞ and creeping flow (Re→0 approximations. The attained highly nonlinear equations are solved with the help of Homotopy perturbation method. The influence of various physical parameters of interest is demonstrated graphically for wall tension, mass characterization, damping nature of the wall, wall rigidity, wall elastance, aspect ratio and the Weissenberg number. In this present investigation we found that the magnitude of the velocity is maximum in the center of the channel whereas it is minimum near the walls. Stream lines are also drawn to discuss the trapping mechanism for all the physical parameters. Comparison has also been presented between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid.

  14. Adaptive Q control for Tapping-mode Nano-scanning Using a Piezo-actuated Bimorph Probe

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    Gunev, Ihsan; Karaman, Sertac; Basdogan, Cagatay

    2012-01-01

    A new approach, called Adaptive Q-control, for tapping-mode Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is introduced and implemented on a home-made AFM set-up utilizing a Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) and a piezo-actuated bimorph probe. In the standard Q-control, the effective Q-factor of the scanning probe is adjusted prior to the scanning depending on the application. However, there is a trade-off in setting the effective Q-factor of an AFM probe. The Q-factor is either increased to reduce the tapping forces or decreased to increase the maximum achievable scan speed. Realizing these two benefits simultaneously using the standard Q-control is not possible. In adaptive Q-control, the Q-factor of the probe is set to an initial value as in standard Q-control, but then modified on the fly during scanning when necessary to achieve this goal. In this paper, we present the basic theory behind the adaptive Q-control, the electronics enabling the on-line modification of the probe's effective Q-factor, and the results of the expe...

  15. Neural circuits for peristaltic wave propagation in crawling Drosophila larvae: analysis and modeling.

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    Gjorgjieva, Julijana; Berni, Jimena; Evers, Jan Felix; Eglen, Stephen J

    2013-01-01

    Drosophila larvae crawl by peristaltic waves of muscle contractions, which propagate along the animal body and involve the simultaneous contraction of the left and right side of each segment. Coordinated propagation of contraction does not require sensory input, suggesting that movement is generated by a central pattern generator (CPG). We characterized crawling behavior of newly hatched Drosophila larvae by quantifying timing and duration of segmental boundary contractions. We developed a CPG network model that recapitulates these patterns based on segmentally repeated units of excitatory and inhibitory (EI) neuronal populations coupled with immediate neighboring segments. A single network with symmetric coupling between neighboring segments succeeded in generating both forward and backward propagation of activity. The CPG network was robust to changes in amplitude and variability of connectivity strength. Introducing sensory feedback via "stretch-sensitive" neurons improved wave propagation properties such as speed of propagation and segmental contraction duration as observed experimentally. Sensory feedback also restored propagating activity patterns when an inappropriately tuned CPG network failed to generate waves. Finally, in a two-sided CPG model we demonstrated that two types of connectivity could synchronize the activity of two independent networks: connections from excitatory neurons on one side to excitatory contralateral neurons (E to E), and connections from inhibitory neurons on one side to excitatory contralateral neurons (I to E). To our knowledge, such I to E connectivity has not yet been found in any experimental system; however, it provides the most robust mechanism to synchronize activity between contralateral CPGs in our model. Our model provides a general framework for studying the conditions under which a single locally coupled network generates bilaterally synchronized and longitudinally propagating waves in either direction.

  16. Neural Circuits for Peristaltic Wave Propagation in Crawling Drosophila Larvae: Analysis and Modeling

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Drosophila larvae crawl by peristaltic waves of muscle contractions, which propagate along the animal body and involve the simultaneous contraction of the left and right side of each segment. Coordinated propagation of contraction does not require sensory input, suggesting that movement is generated by a central pattern generator (CPG. We characterized crawling behavior of newly hatched Drosophila larvae by quantifying timing and duration of segmental boundary contractions. We developed a CPG network model that recapitulates these patterns based on segmentally repeated units of excitatory and inhibitory neuronal populations coupled with immediate neighboring segments. A single network with symmetric coupling between neighboring segments succeeded in generating both forward and backward propagation of activity. The CPG network was robust to changes in amplitude and variability of connectivity strength. Introducing sensory feedback via `stretch-sensitive' neurons improved wave propagation properties such as speed of propagation and segmental contraction duration as observed experimentally. Sensory feedback also restored propagating activity patterns when an inappropriately tuned CPG network failed to generate waves. Finally, in a two-sided CPG model we demonstrated that two types of connectivity could synchronize the activity of two independent networks: connections from excitatory neurons on one side to excitatory contralateral neurons (E to E, and connections from inhibitory neurons on one side to excitatory contralateral neurons (I to E. To our knowledge, such I to E connectivity has not yet been found in any experimental system; however, it provides the most robust mechanism to synchronize activity between contralateral CPGs in our model. Our model provides a general framework for studying the conditions under which a single locally coupled network generates bilaterally synchronized and longitudinally propagating waves in either direction.

  17. A self-priming, roller-free, miniature, peristaltic pump operable with a single, reciprocating actuator

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    Shkolnikov, Viktor; Ramunas, John; Santiago, Juan G.

    2013-01-01

    We present a design for a miniature self-priming peristaltic pump actuated with a single linear actuator, and which can be manufactured using conventional materials and methods. The pump is tolerant of bubbles and particles and can pump liquids, foams, and gases. We explore designs actuated by a motor (in depth) and a shape memory alloy (briefly); and briefly present a manually actuated version. The pump consists of a Delrin acetal plastic body with two integrated valves, a flexible silicone tube, and an actuator. Pumping is achieved as the forward motion of the actuator first closes the upstream valve, and then compresses a section of the tube. The increased internal pressure opens a downstream burst valve to expel the fluid. Reduced pressure in the pump tube allows the downstream valve to close, and removal of actuator force allows the upstream valve and pump tube to open, refilling the pump. The motor actuated design offers a linear dependence of flow rate on voltage in the range of 1.75–3 V. Flow rate decreases from 780 μl/min with increasing back pressure up to the maximum back pressure of 48 kPa. At 3 V and minimum back pressure, the pump consumes 90 mW. The shape memory alloy actuated design offers a 5-fold size and 4-fold weight reduction over the motor design, higher maximum back pressure, and substantial insensitivity of flow rate to back pressure at the cost of lower power efficiency and flow rate. The manually actuated version is simpler and appropriate for applications unconstrained by actuation distance. PMID:24672145

  18. Hall and Joule heating effects on peristaltic flow of Powell-Eyring liquid in an inclined symmetric channel

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    Hayat, T.; Aslam, Naseema; Rafiq, M.; Alsaadi, Fuad E.

    This article is intended to investigate the influence of Hall current on peristaltic transport of conducting Eyring-Powell fluid in an inclined symmetric channel. Energy equation is modeled by taking Joule heating effect into consideration. Velocity and thermal slip conditions are imposed. Lubrication approximation is considered for the analysis. Fundamental equations are non-linear due to fluid parameter A. Regular perturbation technique is employed to find the solution of systems of equations. The key roles of different embedded parameters on velocity, temperature and heat transfer coefficient in the problem are discussed graphically. Trapping phenomenon is analyzed carefully.

  19. Convective heat and mass transfer on MHD peristaltic flow of Williamson fluid with the effect of inclined magnetic field

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    Veera Krishna, M.; Swarnalathamma, B. V.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we discussed the peristaltic MHD flow of an incompressible and electrically conducting Williamson fluid in a symmetric planar channel with heat and mass transfer under the effect of inclined magnetic field. Viscous dissipation and Joule heating are also taken into consideration. Mathematical model is presented by using the long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations. The differential equations governing the flow are highly nonlinear and thus perturbation solution for small Weissenberg number (We Effects of the heat and mass transfer on the longitudinal velocity, temperature and concentration are studied in detail. Main observations are presented in the concluding section. The streamlines pattern is also given due attention.

  20. Peristaltic flow of a couple stress fluid under the effect of induced magnetic field in an asymmetric channel

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    Nadeem, Sohail; Akram, Safia [Quaid-i-Azam University, Department of Mathematics, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2011-01-15

    The present paper investigates the peristaltic transport of a couple stress fluid in an asymmetric channel with the effect of the induced magnetic field. The exact solutions of momentum and the magnetic field equations have been calculated under the assumptions of long wave length and low but finite Reynolds number. The expression for pressure rise has been computed numerically using mathematics software Mathematica. The graphical results have been presented to discuss the physical behavior of various physical parameters of interest. Finally, the trapping phenomena have been discussed for various physical parameters. (orig.)

  1. Mixed convective heat and mass transfer analysis for peristaltic transport in an asymmetric channel with Soret and Dufour effects

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    F M Abbasi; A Alsaedi; T Hayat

    2014-01-01

    The present investigation addresses the simultaneous effects of heat and mass transfer in the mixed convection peristaltic flow of viscous fluid in an asymmetric channel. The channel walls exhibit the convective boundary conditions. In addition, the effects due to Soret and Dufour are taken into consideration. Resulting problems are solved for the series solutions. Numerical values of heat and mass transfer rates are displayed and studied. Results indicate that the concentration and temperature of the fluid increase whereas the mass transfer rate at the wall decreases with increase of the mass transfer Biot number. Furthermore, it is observed that the temperature decreases with the increase of the heat transfer Biot number.

  2. Combined effect of couple stresses and heat and mass transfer on peristaltic flow with slip conditions in a tube.

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    Sobh, Ayman M

    2013-10-01

    In this article, the influence of heat and mass transfer on peristaltic transport of a couple stress fluid in a uniform tube with slip conditions on the wall is studied. The problem can model the blood flow in living creatures. Under long wavelength approximation and zero Reynolds number, exact solutions for the axial velocity component, pressure gradient, and both temperature and concentration fields are derived. The pressure rise is computed numerically and explained graphically. Moreover, effects of various physical parameters of the problem on temperature distribution, concentration field, and trapping are studied and discussed graphically.

  3. Copper oxide nanoparticles analysis with water as base fluid for peristaltic flow in permeable tube with heat transfer.

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    Akbar, Noreen Sher; Raza, M; Ellahi, R

    2016-07-01

    The peristaltic flow of a copper oxide water fluid investigates the effects of heat generation and magnetic field in permeable tube is studied. The mathematical formulation is presented, the resulting equations are solved exactly. The obtained expressions for pressure gradient, pressure rise, temperature, velocity profile are described through graphs for various pertinent parameters. It is found that pressure gradient is reduce with enhancement of particle concentration and velocity profile is upturn, beside it is observed that temperature increases as more volume fraction of copper oxide. The streamlines are drawn for some physical quantities to discuss the trapping phenomenon.

  4. Consequence of nanofluid on peristaltic transport of a hyperbolic tangent fluid model in the occurrence of apt (tending) magnetic field

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    Akram, Safia; Nadeem, S.

    2014-05-01

    In the current study, sway of nanofluid on peristaltic transport of a hyperbolic tangent fluid model in the incidence of tending magnetic field has been argued. The governing equations of a nanofluid are first modeled and then simplified under lubrication approach. The coupled nonlinear equations of temperature and nano particle volume fraction are solved analytically using a homotopy perturbation technique. The analytical solution of the stream function and pressure gradient are carried out using perturbation technique. The graphical results of the problem under discussion are also being brought under consideration to see the behavior of various physical parameters.

  5. 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 antagonists inhibit peristaltic contractions in guinea-pig distal colon by mechanisms independent of endogenous 5-HT

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    Tiong Cheng Sia

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Recent studies have shown that endogenous serotonin is not required for colonic peristalsis in vitro, nor gastrointestinal (GI transit in vivo. However, antagonists of 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT receptors can inhibit peristalsis and GI-transit in mammals, including humans. This raises the question of how these antagonists inhibit GI-motility and transit, if depletion of endogenous 5-HT does not cause any significant inhibitory changes to either GI-motility or transit ? We investigated the mechanism by which 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 antagonists inhibit distension-evoked peristaltic contractions in guinea-pig distal colon. In control animals, repetitive peristaltic contractions of the circular muscle were evoked in response to fixed fecal pellet distension. Distension-evoked peristaltic contractions were unaffected in animals with mucosa and submucosal plexus removed, that were also treated with reserpine (to deplete neuronal 5-HT. In control animals, peristaltic contractions were blocked temporarily by ondansetron (1-10µM and SDZ-205-557 (1-10µM in many animals. Interestingly, after this temporary blockade, and whilst in the continued presence of these antagonists, peristaltic contractions recovered, with characteristics no different from controls. Surprisingly, similar effects were seen in mucosa-free preparations, which had no detectable 5-HT, as detected by mass spectrometry. In summary, distension-evoked peristaltic reflex contractions of the circular muscle layer of the guinea-pig colon can be inhibited temporarily, or permanently, in the same preparation by selective 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 antagonists, depending on the concentration of the antagonists applied. These effects also occur in preparations that lack any detectable 5-HT. We suggest caution should be exercised when interpreting the effects of 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 antagonists; and the role of endogenous 5-HT, in the generation of distension-evoked colonic peristalsis.

  6. Effects of rotation and initial stress on peristaltic transport of fourth grade fluid with heat transfer and induced magnetic field

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    Abd-Alla, A.M., E-mail: mohmrr@yahoo.com [Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia); Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag (Egypt); Abo-Dahab, S.M., E-mail: sdahb@yahoo.com [Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia); Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, SVU, Qena 83523 (Egypt); El-Shahrany, H.D. [Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-01-15

    This paper investigates the effect of rotation and initial stress on the peristaltic flow of an incompressible fourth grade fluid in asymmetric channel with magnetic field and heat transfer. Constitutive equations obeying the fourth grade fluid model are employed. Assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number are used in deriving solution for the flow. Closed form expressions for the stream function, pressure gradient, temperature, magnetic force function, induced magnetic field and current density are developed. Pressure rise per wavelength and frictional forces on the channel walls have been computed numerically. Effects of rotation, initial stress and inclination of magnetic field on the axial velocity and pressure gradient are discussed in detail and shown graphically. Several limiting results can be obtained as the special cases of the problem under consideration. Numerical illustrations that show the physical effects and the pertinent features are investigated at the end of the paper. - Highlights: • Effect of rotation, magnetic field, heat transfer and initial stress on the peristaltic flow of an incompressible fourth grade fluid. • Assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number are used in deriving solution for the flow. • Closed form expressions for the stream function, pressure gradient, temperature, magnetic force function, induced magnetic field and current density.

  7. Effect of rotation on peristaltic flow of a micropolar fluid through a porous medium with an external magnetic field

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    Abd-Alla, A.M., E-mail: mohmrr@yahoo.com [Maths Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia); Abo-Dahab, S.M., E-mail: sdahb@yahoo.com [Maths Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia); Maths Department, Faculty of Science, SVU, Qena 83523 (Egypt); Al-Simery, R.D. [Maths Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-12-15

    In this paper, the effects of both rotation and magnetic field of a micropolar fluid through a porous medium induced by sinusoidal peristaltic waves traveling down the channel walls are studied analytically and computed numerically. Closed-form solutions under the consideration of long wavelength and low-Reynolds number is presented. The analytical expressions for axial velocity, pressure rise per wavelength, mechanical efficiency, spin velocity, stream function and pressure gradient are obtained in the physical domain. The effect of the rotation, density, Hartmann number, permeability, coupling number, micropolar parameter and the non-dimensional wave amplitude in the wave frame is analyzed theoretically and computed numerically. Numerical results are given and illustrated graphically in each case considered. Comparison was made with the results obtained in the presence and absence of rotation and magnetic field. The results indicate that the effect of rotation, density, Hartmann number, permeability, coupling number, micropolar parameter and the non-dimensional wave amplitude are very pronounced in the phenomena. - Highlights: • The effects of induced magnetic field and rotation in peristaltic motion of a two dimensional of a micropolar fluid through a porous medium • The exact and closed form solutions are presented • Different wave shapes are considered to observe the behavior of the axial velocity, pressure rise, mechanical efficiency, spin velocity, stream function and pressure gradient.

  8. Peristaltic transport of MHD Williamson fluid in an inclined asymmetric channel through porous medium with heat transfer

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    K. Ramesh; M. Devakar

    2015-01-01

    The intention of this investigation is to study the effects of heat transfer and inclined magnetic field on the peristaltic flow of Williamson fluid in an asymmetric channel through porous medium. The governing two-dimensional equations are simplified under the assumption of long wavelength approximation. The simplified equations are solved for the stream function, temperature, and axial pressure gradient by using a regular perturbation method. The expression for pressure rise is computed numerically. The profiles of velocity, pressure gradient, temperature, heat transfer coefficient and stream function are sketched and interpreted for various embedded parameters and also the behavior of stream function for various wave forms is discussed through graphs. It is observed that the peristaltic velocity increases from porous medium to non-porous medium, the magnetic effects have increasing effect on the temperature, and the size of the trapped bolus decreases with the increasing of magnetic effects while the trend is reversed with the increasing of Darcy number. Moreover, limiting solutions of our problem are in close agreement with the corresponding results of the Newtonian fluid model.

  9. Effect of radiation and magnetic field on peristaltic transport of nanofluids through a porous space in a tapered asymmetric channel

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    Kothandapani, M., E-mail: mkothandapani@gmail.com [Department of Mathematics, University College of Engineering Arni, (A Constituent College of Anna University Chennai), Arni 632326, Tamil Nadu (India); Prakash, J., E-mail: prakashjayavel@yahoo.co.in [Department of Mathematics, Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman College of Engineering, Vadamavandal 604410, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2015-03-15

    Theoretical analyses on the effect of radiation and MHD on the peristaltic flow of a nanofluid through a porous medium in a two dimensional tapered asymmetric channel has been made. The nanofluid is assumed to be electrically conducting in the presence of a uniform magnetic field. The transport equation accounts the both Brownian motion and thermophoresis along with the radiation reaction. The problem has been further simplified with the authentic assumptions of long wavelength and small Reynolds number. The analytical expressions obtained for the axial velocity, stream function, temperature field, nanoparticle fraction field and pressure gradient provide satisfactory explanation. Influence of various parameters on the flow characteristics have been discussed with the help of graphical results. The trapping phenomenon has also been discussed in detail. - Highlights: • Combine effect of thermal radiation and MHD on the peristaltic flow of a Newtonian nanofluid are discussed. • This work may be first attempt dealing the study of Newtonian nanofluid flow in the porous tapered asymmetric channel. • The velocity, stream function, temperature field and nanoparticle fraction field provide satisfactory explanation with help of graphs.

  10. Numerical simulation of peristaltic flow of a biorheological fluid with shear-dependent viscosity in a curved channel.

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    Ali, N; Javid, K; Sajid, M; Anwar Bég, O

    2016-01-01

    Peristaltic motion of a non-Newtonian Carreau fluid is analyzed in a curved channel under the long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions, as a simulation of digestive transport. The flow regime is shown to be governed by a dimensionless fourth-order, nonlinear, ordinary differential equation subject to no-slip wall boundary conditions. A well-tested finite difference method based on an iterative scheme is employed for the solution of the boundary value problem. The important phenomena of pumping and trapping associated with the peristaltic motion are investigated for various values of rheological parameters of Carreau fluid and curvature of the channel. An increase in Weissenberg number is found to generate a small eddy in the vicinity of the lower wall of the channel, which is enhanced with further increase in Weissenberg number. For shear-thinning bio-fluids (power-law rheological index, n Weissenberg number displaces the maximum velocity toward the upper wall. For shear-thickening bio-fluids, the velocity amplitude is enhanced markedly with increasing Weissenberg number.

  11. DYNAMIC BIMORPH THERMO-PIEZOELECTRIC BENDERS WITH ARBITRARY SUPPORT LOCATION. PART II: APPLICATION TO ENERGY HARVESTING-NUMERICAL RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS

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    Bagdasaryan, Gevorg Y.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A comprehensive theoretical analysis of a dynamic thermo-ferro-electric pre-stressed bimorph energy harvester is performed. The analysis also takes into account pyroelectric and thermal expansion effects. The most general analytical expression for the energy conversation coefficients are presented for bi-layer. These coefficients we derive for more general situation when mechanical, electrical, thermal fields are present. We derive coefficients (transformation coefficients for sensing, actuating, and energy harvesting. As a particular case, we derive an analytical expression for the energy harvesting coefficient due to pyroelectric and thermal expansion effects in a rater general situation. This is a function of material properties, location of boundary conditions, vibration frequency, and in plane compressive/tensile follower force. Numerical simulations of the analytical results are presented. Effects of volume fraction, material properties, applied mechanical loads, and boundary conditions on the harvesting coefficients are introduced in the figures. The results for a cantilever and a simply-supported plate-layer are obtained as particular cases. The result for a low frequency (static system is obtained as a particular case by approaching the vibration frequency to zero. It is shown that volume fraction, material properties, plain compressive/tensile follower force, the location of the boundary conditions, and the vibrational frequency of the bimorph strongly influence the strain distribution, and this in effect influences the charge coefficient and the generation of energy. The proposed model can be extended to thermal energy harvesters of piezoelectric-shape memory alloy (SMA composites.

  12. 压电双晶片扫描器的低温迟滞蠕变特性%Cryogenic hysteresis and creep characteristics of piezoelectric bimorph scanner

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    张旋; 潘鸣

    2012-01-01

    The cryogenic hysteresis and creep characteristics of piezoelectric bimorph scanners for cryogenic optical systems in space infrared cameras were studied. The piezoelectric bimorph has superior characteristics of large displacement, high resolution, no self-heating, etc. , moreover, it can work efficiently at a cryogenic temperature. However,the inherent hysteresis and creep characteristics of the piezoelectric bmorph have a large impact on the scanning accuracy when it is used for high precision scanning. In this paper, the hysteresis and creep characteristics of a fabricated piezoelectric bimorph scanner were experimentally studied at room temperature and cryogenic temperature and the results were compared. The results indicate that both hysteresis displacement and creep displacement of the piezoelectric bimorph scanner have a large decrease, but the decrease of total travel displacement is much larger, which leads the hysteresis rate and creep coefficient increase more large. The hysteresis rate at 120 K is twice that at 300 K and the creep coefficient at 120 K increases by an order of magnitude as compared with that at 300 K. Results mean that the hysteresis and creep characteristics of piezoelectric bimorph scanner at cryogenic temperature are more serious than it at room temperature, which will bring greater impact when it is used for high precision applications.%研究了用于空间红外相机低温光学系统的压电双晶片扫描器的低温迟滞蠕变问题.压电双晶片具有行程大,不发热,在低温下仍然能够工作等优点,然而由于压电陶瓷固有的迟滞蠕变特性,使得其扫描精度受到了较大的影响.本文在常温和低温下,对所研制的压电双晶片扫描器的迟滞和蠕变特性进行实验研究和特性对比.结果显示:尽管压电双晶片扫描器的迟滞量和蠕变量均有大幅度下降,但由于总行程的下降幅度更大,使得迟滞度和蠕变系数有较大上升;120 K

  13. A computer-controlled system to simulate conditions of the large intestine with peristaltic mixing, water absorption and absorption of fermentation products

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    Minekus, M.; Smeets-Peeters, M.; Havenaar, R.; Bernalier, A.; Fonty, G.; Marol-Bonnin, S.; Alric, M.; Marteau, P.; Huis Veld, J.H.J. in 't

    1999-01-01

    This paper introduces a new type of system to simulate conditions in the large intestine. This system combines removal of metabolites and water with peristaltic mixing to obtain and handle physiological concentrations of microorganisms, dry matter and microbial metabolites. The system has been desig

  14. Analytical solution for peristaltic flow of conducting nanofluids in an asymmetric channel with slip effect of velocity, temperature and concentration

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    S. Sreenadh

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The Peristaltic transport of conducting nanofluids under the effect of slip condition in an asymmetric channel is reported in the present work. The mathematical modelling has been carried out under long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations. The analytical solutions are obtained for pressure rise, nanoparticle concentration, temperature distribution, velocity profiles and stream function. Influence of various parameters on the flow characteristics has been discussed with the help of graphs. The results showed that the pressure rise increases with increasing magnetic effect and decreases with increasing slip parameter. The effects of thermophoresis parameter and Brownian motion parameter on the nanoparticle concentration and temperature distribution are studied. It is observed that the pressure gradient increases with increasing slip parameter and magnetic effect. The trapping phenomenon for different parameters is presented.

  15. The Influence of a Micropolar Fluid on Peristaltic Transport in an Annulus: Application of the Clot Model

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    Kh. S. Mekheimer

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A serious pathological condition is encountered when some blood constituents deposited on the blood vessels get detached from the wall, join the blood stream again and form a clot. Study of the peristaltic transport of a micropolar fluid in an annular region is investigated under low Reynolds number and long wavelength approximations. We model a small artery as a tube having a sinusoidal wave travelling down its wall and a clot model inside it. Closed form solutions are obtained for the velocity and the microrotation components, as well as the stream function, and they contain new additional parameters, namely, δ, the height of the clot, N, the coupling number and m, the micropolar parameter. The pressure rise and friction force on the inner and the outer tubes have been discussed for various values of the physical parameters of interest.

  16. Simultaneous effects of slip and MHD on peristaltic blood flow of Jeffrey fluid model through a porous medium

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    M.M. Bhatti

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this article, the simultaneous effects of slip and Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD on peristaltic blood flow of Jeffrey fluid model have been investigated in a non-uniform porous channel. The governing equation of blood flow for Jeffrey fluid model is solved with the help of long wavelength and creeping flow regime. The solution of the resulting differential equation is solved analytically and a closed form solution is presented. The impact of all the physical parameters is plotted for velocity profile and pressure rise. Nowadays, Magnetohydrodynamics is applicable in various magnetic drug targeting for cancer diseases and also very helpful to control the flow. The present analysis is also described for Newtonian fluid (λ1→0 as a special case of our study. It is observed that magnitude of the velocity is opposite near the walls due to slip effects whereas similar behavior has been observed for magnetic field.

  17. Soret and Dufour effects on MHD peristaltic transport of Jeffrey fluid in a curved channel with convective boundary conditions

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    Alsaedi, Ahmad

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of present article is to examine the peristaltic flow of Jeffrey fluid in a curved channel. An electrically conducting fluid in the presence of radial applied magnetic field is considered. Analysis of heat and mass transfer is carried out. More generalized realistic constraints namely the convective conditions are utilized. Soret and Dufour effects are retained. Problems formulation is given for long wavelength and low Reynolds number assumptions. The expressions of velocity, temperature, heat transfer coefficient, concentration and stream function are computed. Effects of emerging parameters arising in solutions are analyzed in detail. It is found that velocity is not symmetric about centreline for curvature parameter. Also maximum velocity decreases with an increase in the strength of magnetic field. Further it is noticed that Soret and Dufour numbers have opposite behavior for temperature and concentration. PMID:28222160

  18. Effects of rotation and initial stress on peristaltic transport of fourth grade fluid with heat transfer and induced magnetic field

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    Abd-Alla, A. M.; Abo-Dahab, S. M.; El-Shahrany, H. D.

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates the effect of rotation and initial stress on the peristaltic flow of an incompressible fourth grade fluid in asymmetric channel with magnetic field and heat transfer. Constitutive equations obeying the fourth grade fluid model are employed. Assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number are used in deriving solution for the flow. Closed form expressions for the stream function, pressure gradient, temperature, magnetic force function, induced magnetic field and current density are developed. Pressure rise per wavelength and frictional forces on the channel walls have been computed numerically. Effects of rotation, initial stress and inclination of magnetic field on the axial velocity and pressure gradient are discussed in detail and shown graphically. Several limiting results can be obtained as the special cases of the problem under consideration. Numerical illustrations that show the physical effects and the pertinent features are investigated at the end of the paper.

  19. Influences of rotation and thermophoresis on MHD peristaltic transport of Jeffrey fluid with convective conditions and wall properties

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    Hayat, T.; Rafiq, M.; Ahmad, B.

    2016-07-01

    This article aims to predict the effects of convective condition and particle deposition on peristaltic transport of Jeffrey fluid in a channel. The whole system is in a rotating frame of reference. The walls of channel are taken flexible. The fluid is electrically conducting in the presence of uniform magnetic field. Non-uniform heat source/sink parameter is also considered. Mass transfer with chemical reaction is considered. Relevant equations for the problems under consideration are first modeled and then simplified using lubrication approach. Resulting equations for stream function and temperature are solved exactly whereas mass transfer equation is solved numerically. Impacts of various involved parameters appearing in the solutions are carefully analyzed.

  20. Soret and Dufour effects on peristaltic transport in curved channel with radial magnetic field and convective conditions

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    Hayat, T.; Quratulain; Rafiq, M.; Alsaadi, Fuad; Ayub, M.

    2016-05-01

    This study addresses the impact of convective heat and mass conditions in the peristaltic transport of fluid in a complaint wall curved channel. Formulation for flow of third grade fluid is made. Soret and Dufour effects are considered. Fluid is conducting through applied magnetic field in radial direction. Lubrication approach is employed. Solutions for stream function, temperature and concentration fields are derived. The effects of pertinent parameters in the solutions are analyzed graphically. It is found that the velocity profile is not symmetric about the central line in curved channel. The velocity and temperature are reduced by increasing magnetic field strength. The number and size of streamlines are decreased in the presence of magnetic field effect.

  1. Effects of heat and mass transfer on peristaltic flow of a Bingham fluid in the presence of inclined magnetic field and channel with different wave forms

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    Akram, Safia, E-mail: safia_akram@yahoo.com [Department of Basic Sciences, MCS, National University of Sciences and Technology, Rawalpindi 46000 (Pakistan); Nadeem, S.; Hussain, Anwar [Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan)

    2014-08-01

    In the present analysis we discussed the influence of heat and mass transfer on the peristaltic flow of a Bingham in an inclined magnetic field and channel with different wave forms. The governing two dimensional equations of momentum, heat and mass transfer are simplified under the assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximation. The exact solutions of momentum, heat and mass transfer are calculated. Finally, graphical behaviors of various physical parameters are also discussed through the graphical behavior of pressure rise, pressure gradient, temperature concentration and stream functions. - Highlights: • Combine effects of heat and mass transfer on peristaltic flow problem is discussed. • Effects of inclined magnetic field and channel on new fluid model are discussed. • Effects of different wave forms are also discussed in the present flow problem.

  2. Numerical solutions of peristaltic flow of a Newtonian fluid under the effects of magnetic field and heat transfer in a porous concentric tubes

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    Nadeem, Sohail; Akbar, Noreen Sher; Malik, Muhammad Yousaf [Dept. of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam Univ., Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2010-05-15

    In the present article, we have studied the effects of heat transfer on a peristaltic flow of a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Newtonian fluid in a porous concentric horizontal tube (an application of an endoscope). The problem under consideration is formulated under the assumptions of long wave-length and neglecting the wave number. A closed form of Adomian solutions and numerical solutions are presented which show a complete agreement with each other. The influence of pertinent parameters is analyzed through graphs. (orig.)

  3. Exact Analytical Solution of the Peristaltic Nanofluids Flow in an Asymmetric Channel with Flexible Walls and Slip Condition: Application to the Cancer Treatment

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    Abdelhalim Ebaid

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the cancer treatment, magnetic nanoparticles are injected into the blood vessel nearest to the cancer’s tissues. The dynamic of these nanoparticles occurs under the action of the peristaltic waves generated on the flexible walls of the blood vessel. Studying such nanofluid flow under this action is therefore useful in treating tissues of the cancer. In this paper, the mathematical model describing the slip peristaltic flow of nanofluid was analytically investigated. Exact expressions were deduced for the temperature distribution and nano-particle concentration. In addition, the effects of the slip, thermophoresis, and Brownian motion parameters on the temperature and nano-particle concentration profiles were discussed and further compared with other approximate results in the literatures. In particular, these results have been obtained at the same values of the physical examined parameters that was considered in Akbar et al., “Peristaltic flow of a nanofluid with slip effects,” 2012. The results reveal that remarkable differences are detected between the exact current results and those approximately obtained in the literatures for behaviour of the temperature profile and nano-particles concentration. Accordingly, the current analysis and results are considered as optimal and therefore may be taken as a base for any future comparisons.

  4. Simultaneous effects of single wall carbon nanotube and effective variable viscosity for peristaltic flow through annulus having permeable walls

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    Shahzadi, Iqra; Nadeem, S.; Rabiei, Faranak

    The current article deals with the combine effects of single wall carbon nanotubes and effective viscosity for the peristaltic flow of nanofluid through annulus. The nature of the walls is assumed to be permeable. The present theoretical model can be considered as mathematical representation to the motion of conductive physiological fluids in the existence of the endoscope tube which has many biomedical applications such as drug delivery system. The outer tube has a wave of sinusoidal nature that is travelling along its walls while the inner tube is rigid and uniform. Lubrication approach is used for the considered analysis. An empirical relation for the effective variable viscosity of nanofluid is proposed here interestingly. The viscosity of nanofluid is the function of radial distance and the concentration of nanoparticles. Exact solution for the resulting system of equations is displayed for various quantities of interest. The outcomes show that the maximum velocity of SWCNT-blood nanofluid enhances for larger values of viscosity parameter. The pressure gradient in the more extensive part of the annulus is likewise found to increase as a function of variable viscosity parameter. The size of the trapped bolus is also influenced by variable viscosity parameter. The present examination also revealed that the carbon nanotubes have many applications related to biomedicine.

  5. An active membrane model for peristaltic pumping: Part I--Periodic activation waves in an infinite tube.

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    Carew, E O; Pedley, T J

    1997-02-01

    A model for the coupled problem of wall deformation and fluid flow, based on thin-shell and lubrication theories, and driven by a propagating wave of smooth muscle activation, is proposed for peristaltic pumping in the ureter. The model makes use of the available experimental data on the mechanical properties of smooth muscle and accounts for the soft material between the muscle layer and the vessel lumen. The main input is the activation wave of muscular contraction. Equations for the time-dependent problem in tubes of arbitrary length are derived and applied to the particular case of periodic activation waves in an infinite tube. Mathematical (small amplitude) and numerical analyses of this case are presented. Predictions on phase-lag in wall constriction with respect to peak activation wave, lumen occlusion due to thickening lumen material with contracting smooth muscle, and the general bolus shape are in qualitative agreement with observation. Some modifications to the mechanical, elastic, and hydrodynamic properties of the ureter that will make peristalsis less efficient, due for example to disease, are identified. In particular, the flow rate-pressure rise relationship in linear for weak to moderate activation waves, but as the lumen is squeezed shut, it is seen to be nonlinear in a way that increases pumping efficiency. In every case a ureter whose lumen can theoretically be squeezed shut is the one for which pumping is most efficient.

  6. Numerical Modeling and Experimental Validation by Calorimetric Detection of Energetic Materials Using Thermal Bimorph Microcantilever Array: A Case Study on Sensing Vapors of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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    Kang, Seok-Won; Fragala, Joe; Banerjee, Debjyoti

    2015-01-01

    Bi-layer (Au-Si3N4) microcantilevers fabricated in an array were used to detect vapors of energetic materials such as explosives under ambient conditions. The changes in the bending response of each thermal bimorph (i.e., microcantilever) with changes in actuation currents were experimentally monitored by measuring the angle of the reflected ray from a laser source used to illuminate the gold nanocoating on the surface of silicon nitride microcantilevers in the absence and presence of a designated combustible species. Experiments were performed to determine the signature response of this nano-calorimeter platform for each explosive material considered for this study. Numerical modeling was performed to predict the bending response of the microcantilevers for various explosive materials, species concentrations, and actuation currents. The experimental validation of the numerical predictions demonstrated that in the presence of different explosive or combustible materials, the microcantilevers exhibited unique trends in their bending responses with increasing values of the actuation current. PMID:26334276

  7. Numerical Modeling and Experimental Validation by Calorimetric Detection of Energetic Materials Using Thermal Bimorph Microcantilever Array: A Case Study on Sensing Vapors of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs

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    Seok-Won Kang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Bi-layer (Au-Si3N4 microcantilevers fabricated in an array were used to detect vapors of energetic materials such as explosives under ambient conditions. The changes in the bending response of each thermal bimorph (i.e., microcantilever with changes in actuation currents were experimentally monitored by measuring the angle of the reflected ray from a laser source used to illuminate the gold nanocoating on the surface of silicon nitride microcantilevers in the absence and presence of a designated combustible species. Experiments were performed to determine the signature response of this nano-calorimeter platform for each explosive material considered for this study. Numerical modeling was performed to predict the bending response of the microcantilevers for various explosive materials, species concentrations, and actuation currents. The experimental validation of the numerical predictions demonstrated that in the presence of different explosive or combustible materials, the microcantilevers exhibited unique trends in their bending responses with increasing values of the actuation current.

  8. Heat transfer analysis on peristaltically induced motion of particle-fluid suspension with variable viscosity: Clot blood model.

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    Bhatti, M M; Zeeshan, A; Ellahi, R

    2016-12-01

    In this article, heat transfer analysis on clot blood model of the particle-fluid suspension through a non-uniform annulus has been investigated. The blood propagating along the whole length of the annulus was induced by peristaltic motion. The effects of variable viscosity and slip condition are also taken into account. The governing flow problem is modeled using lubrication approach by taking the assumption of long wavelength and creeping flow regime. The resulting equation for fluid phase and particle phase is solved analytically and closed form solutions are obtained. The physical impact of all the emerging parameters is discussed mathematically and graphically. Particularly, we considered the effects of particle volume fraction, slip parameter, the maximum height of clot, viscosity parameter, average volume flow rate, Prandtl number, Eckert number and fluid parameter on temperature profile, pressure rise and friction forces for outer and inner tube. Numerical computations have been used to determine the behavior of pressure rise and friction along the whole length of the annulus. The present study is also presented for an endoscope as a special case of our study. It is observed that greater influence of clot tends to rise the pressure rise significantly. It is also found that temperature profile increases due to the enhancement in Prandtl number, Eckert number, and fluid parameter. The present study reveals that friction forces for outer tube have higher magnitude as compared to the friction forces for an inner tube. In fact, the results for present study can also be reduced to the Newtonian fluid by taking ζ → ∞.

  9. Optimization design for magneto electric coupling prop erty of the magnet/bimorph comp osite%磁铁/压电双晶片复合材料磁电耦合性能的优化设计∗

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    张源; 高雁军; 胡诚; 谭兴毅; 邱达; 张婷婷; 朱永丹; 李美亚

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) composite as one kind of ME material that can yield a strong coupling effect between magnetic and electric fields at room temperature, has drawn widespread attention for decades due to its rich physics contents and significant technological prospect. Except for traditional magnetostrictive/piezoelectric based ME composites, other ME composites have been reported, among which the magnet/piezo-cantilever composites show super strong ME coupling effect. The magnet/piezo-cantilever composite is generally composed of a piezoelectric cantilever and magnets attached at the free end of the cantilever, which realizes ME coupling by force moment-mediated magnetic torque effect and piezoelectric effect. Recently, various configurations of the magnet/piezo-cantilever composites for obtaining higher ME coupling coefficients have been proposed and demonstrated experimentally. However, few theoretical researches of these magnet/piezo-cantilever composites of different configurations have been carried out, which is of great importance for optimizing the design of ME coupling property of the magnet/piezo-cantilever composites. Here in this paper, a theoretical expression for the low-frequency ME coupling coefficient in the magnet/piezo-cantilever composite is deduced based on piezoelectric constitutive equations by using the theory of elastic mechanics. The typical magnet/bimorph composite is chosen as the theoretical model. Based on the deduced theoretical expression, the dependences of the low-frequency ME coupling coefficients in the magnet/bimorph composite on material and structural parameters are numerically calculated. The results show that there are optimal thickness values of the piezoelectric layers in the magnet/bimorph composite with different metal thickness values and material constituents for achieving maximal low-frequency ME coupling coefficients. The thicker the metal layer in the magnet/bimorph composite, the less insensitive the low

  10. Hall and radial magnetic field effects on radiative peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in a channel with convective heat and mass transfer

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    Hayat, T.; Farooq, S.; Alsaedi, A.; Ahmad, B.

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of present investigation is to study the Hall and MHD effects on peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in a convectively curved configuration. Thermal radiation, Soret and Dufour effects are also accounted. The channel walls comprised the no slip and compliant properties. Constitutive equations for mass, momentum, energy and concentration are first modeled in view of considered assumptions and then simplified under long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximation. Solution of the resulting system of equations is carried out via a regular perturbation technique. Physical behaviors of velocity, temperature, concentration and streamlines are discussed with the help of graphical representation.

  11. Simultaneous effects of radial magnetic field and wall properties on peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in curved flow configuration

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    T. Hayat

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of present article is to address the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in a curved geometry. The channel boundaries satisfy wall slip and compliant properties. The fluid is electrically conducting through an applied magnetic field in the radial direction. Heat transfer is also studied. Governing equation comprised the viscous dissipation effects. The non-linear expressions are first obtained and then approximated using long wavelength and low Reynolds number considerations. The resulting systems are solved for the series solutions. The expressions of velocity, temperature, heat transfer coefficient and stream function are obtained and analyzed via graphical illustrations.

  12. Simultaneous effects of radial magnetic field and wall properties on peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in curved flow configuration

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    Hayat, T.; Tanveer, A.; Alsaadi, F.

    2015-12-01

    The objective of present article is to address the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) peristaltic flow of Carreau-Yasuda fluid in a curved geometry. The channel boundaries satisfy wall slip and compliant properties. The fluid is electrically conducting through an applied magnetic field in the radial direction. Heat transfer is also studied. Governing equation comprised the viscous dissipation effects. The non-linear expressions are first obtained and then approximated using long wavelength and low Reynolds number considerations. The resulting systems are solved for the series solutions. The expressions of velocity, temperature, heat transfer coefficient and stream function are obtained and analyzed via graphical illustrations.

  13. Peristaltic Motion of Non-Newtonian Fluid with Heat and Mass Transfer through a Porous Medium in Channel under Uniform Magnetic Field

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    Nabil T. M. Eldabe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is devoted to the study of the peristaltic motion of non-Newtonian fluid with heat and mass transfer through a porous medium in the channel under the effect of magnetic field. A modified Casson non-Newtonian constitutive model is employed for the transport fluid. A perturbation series’ method of solution of the stream function is discussed. The effects of various parameters of interest such as the magnetic parameter, Casson parameter, and permeability parameter on the velocity, pressure rise, temperature, and concentration are discussed and illustrated graphically through a set of figures.

  14. Effects of Slip Condition, Variable Viscosity and Inclined Magnetic Field on the Peristaltic Motion of a Non-Newtonian Fluid in an Inclined Asymmetric Channel

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    A. Afsar Khan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The peristaltic motion of a third order fluid due to asymmetric waves propagating on the sidewalls of a inclined asymmetric channel is discussed. The key features of the problem includes longwavelength and low-Reynolds number assumptions. A mathematical analysis has been carried out to investigate the effect of slip condition, variable viscosity and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD. Followed by the nondimensionalization of the nonlinear governing equations along with the nonlinear boundary conditions, a perturbation analysis is made. For the validity of the approximate solution, a numerical solution is obtained using the iterative collocation technique.

  15. 同步辐射中双压电片反射镜的研究现状∗%Present research status of piezo electric bimorph mirrors in synchrotron radiation sources

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    张瑶; 汤善治; 李明; 王立超; 高俊祥

    2016-01-01

    The third-generation synchrotron radiation sources are widely used in physics, chemistry, material science, etc. due to their light beams with high brilliance and low emittance. In order to efficiently utilize such light beams for scientific research, reflective mirrors with excellent figure quality are required. The reflective mirrors on the beamlines of synchrotron radiation sources consist of fixed polished shape mirrors and bendable mirrors. Bendable mirrors have been attracting the attention of the synchrotron radiation community because their curvatures can be varied to realize different focusing properties. Classical bendable mirrors are realized by applying mechanical moment at the ends of the mirror substrates. In this paper, we introduce a new concept of bendable mirrors, X-ray adaptive mirrors which are based on the adaptive optics technology and the properties of piezoelectric bimorph systems. X-ray adaptive mirrors exhibit many advantages over the classical bendable mirrors, such as mechanics-free, figure local corrections, and good focusing properties. The piezoelectric bimorph mirrors have been used in astronomy to correct the wavefront distortions introduced by atmospheric turbulence in real time. The piezoelectric bimorph mirror was first introduced into the field of synchrotron radiation by European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in the 1990s for making an X-ray reflective mirror. Compared with astronomy community, synchrotron radiation community is not interested in high-speed wavefront correction, but looking for the ultimate precision of the surface shape of piezoelectric bimorph mirror. In the second part of this paper, the usual structure and working principle are briefly described. Piezoelectric bimorph mirrors are laminated structures consisting of two strips of an active material such as zirconate lead titanate (PZT) and two faceplates of a reflecting material such as silicon. A discrete or continuous control electrode is located

  16. Influence of induced magnetic field and heat transfer on the peristaltic motion of a Jeffrey fluid in an asymmetric channel: Closed form solutions

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    Akram, Safia, E-mail: safia_akram@yahoo.com [Department of Humanities and Basic Sciences, Military College of Signals, National University of Sciences and Technology, Rawalpindi 46000 (Pakistan); Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University 45320, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Nadeem, S. [Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University 45320, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)

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    We discuss the peristaltic motion of a two dimensional Jeffrey fluid in an asymmetric channel under the effects of induced magnetic field and heat transfer. The problem is simplified by using long wave length and low Reynolds approximations. Exact and closed form Adomian solutions are presented. Expressions for the velocity, stream function, magnetic force function, temperature, pressure gradient and pressure rise are computed. The results of pertinent parameters are discussed. Finally, the trapping phenomena for different wave shapes are discussed. It is observed that the pressure rise for sinusoidal wave is less than trapezoidal wave and greater than triangular in a Jeffrey fluid. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of induced magnetic field and heat transfer in peristaltic motion of a two dimensional Jeffrey fluid are discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this paper exact and closed form Adomian solutions are presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Different wave shapes are considered to observe the behavior of pressure rise and trapping phenomena.

  17. Detection of Crohn's disease: Comparison of CT and MR enterography without anti-peristaltic agents performed on the same day

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    Grand, David J., E-mail: dgrand@lifespan.org [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 (United States); Beland, Michael D. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 (United States); Machan, Jason T. [Department of Orthopaedics and Surgery, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 (United States); Mayo-Smith, William W. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 (United States)

    2012-08-15

    Objective: To directly compare CT enterography (CTE) and MR enterography (MRE) without antiperistaltic agents. Materials/methods: 26 patients referred for CTE underwent CTE immediately followed by MRE without use of an anti-peristaltic agent. Each study was evaluated on a 10 point scale for exam quality, level of diagnostic confidence, and presence of Crohn's disease. Kappa analysis was performed to determine the degree of agreement between the CTE and MRE of each patient. Results: 25 patients completed the MRE. The quality of the CTEs was judged as excellent by both readers (reader 1 = average 9.5/10, reader 2 = average 9.1/10). The quality of the MREs was ranked lower than the CTEs by both readers (reader 1 = average 8.9/10, reader 2 = average 7.2/10), which was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The level of confidence in interpretation was not significantly different between CTE and MRE for reader 1 or 2 (p = 0.3). There was substantial agreement between readers for the presence or absence of Crohn's disease on both CTE (kappa = 0.75) and MRE (kappa = 0.67). Conclusion: MR enterography without anti-peristaltic agents results in high diagnostic confidence and excellent agreement for the presence of Crohn's disease.

  18. 一种负压驱动的蠕动微型泵设计%Design of a Peristaltic Micropump Driven by Pneumatic Pressure

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    崔建国; 王洪

    2012-01-01

    微型泵作为集成微流体中不可或缺的元素,在过去20年间取得了很大的进展.基于真空负压驱动原理,研制了一种结构简单的蠕动式微型泵.微型泵由三层聚二甲基硅氧烷(PDMS)材料构成(气路层,流路层,驱动薄膜层),并通过表面等离子体氧化处理技术实现了PDMS层之间的键合封装,其全部结构均采用激光器加工制作而成.蠕动驱动模式的关键在于利用气路周期性地传递负压力波,进而实现弹性薄膜的顺序变形,其中负压源通过电磁阀(EMV)进行通断控制.这种结构简化了常规蠕动泵模型中的复杂逻辑控制.实验结果表明在50kPa负压和30Hz驱动频率的条件下,获得的最佳流速为170 μL/min.%As an indispensable element in integrated microfluidics, micropumps have gradually evolved over the past two decades. Based on vacuum-driven principle, a simple peristaltic micropump is developed. The micropump fabricated by laser mi-cromachining and plasma bonding of three polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layers, includes a pneumatic channel layer, actuation membrane layer, and microfluidic channel layer. As the key to peristaltic motion, the sequential deflection of the elastic membranes is achieved by periodic pressure waveforms ( negative) traveling through the pneumatic channel, provided by a vacuum source regulated by an electromagnetic valve ( EMV). This configuration eliminates the complicated control logic typically required in peristaltic motion. Experiment results show that a maximal flow rate of 170 μL min-1 has been optimized at the pulsed vacuum frequency of 30 Hz with a vacuum pressure of 50 kPa.

  19. Peristaltic Flow and Heat Transfer of a Conducting Phan-Thien-Tanner Fluid in an Asymmetric Channel - Application to Chyme Movement in Small Intestine

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    Vajravelu, K.; Sreenadh, S.; Dhananjaya, S.; Lakshminarayana, P.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, the influence of heat transfer on the peristaltic flow of a conducting Phan-Thien-Tanner fluid in an asymmetric channel with porous medium is studied. The coupled nonlinear governing differential equations are solved by a perturbation technique. The expressions for the temperature field, the stream function, the axial velocity, and the pressure gradient are obtained. The effects of the various physical parameters such as the magnetic parameter M, the permeability parameter σ, the Brinkman number Br and the Weissenberg number We on the pumping phenomenon are analyzed through graphs and the results are discussed in detail. It is observed that the velocity and the pressure are decreased with increasing the magnetic parameter M whereas the effect of the parameter M on the temperature field is quite the opposite.

  20. An Experimental Study on Electric Output Characteristics of Bimorph Cantilever Generators%双晶压电悬臂梁电荷输出特性实验研究

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    刘阳; 罗奇; 孙科; 陶孟伦; 陈定方

    2014-01-01

    通过研究压电材料的压电效应与压电方程组,得到正压电效应下的压电能量采集相关知识,并分析双晶压电悬臂梁的结构与特性,结合实验与仿真,得出并联型双晶压电悬臂梁的相关输出特性。%Based on the research of the piezoelectric effect and piezoelectric equations,the paper established the knowledge of piezoelectric energy harvesting,and analyzed the structure and characteristics of bimorph cantilever generators.Through the experiment and simulation,it then concluded the output characteristics of the piezoelectric cantilever beam.

  1. Optimal Design of Bimorph Type Acceleration Sensor and Its Application in Vector Hydrophone%三叠片式加速度计的优化设计及其在矢量水听器中的应用

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    张灏; 孔志刚

    2015-01-01

    使用压电方程结合梁弯曲公式和有限元仿真的方法建立了三叠片式压电加速度传感器的数学模型,通过实验验证了模型的正确性。对三叠片式压电加速度传感器的结构进行了优化设计,在不改变传感器几何轮廓的基础上提高了传感器的灵敏度,并定量分析了不同的结构对传感器性能的影响。提出了三叠片式压电加速度传感器在矢量水听器中的应用方案,使用有限元法对矢量水听器进行了分析计算,制作了矢量水听器样品,并对其主要性能进行了测试。%The sensitivity equation of the bimorph type piezoelectric acceleration sensor was derived from the piezoelectric constitutive equation and the bending formula of cantilever, the finite element method was also used to build the model of the sensor. A method of improving the performance of the acceleration sensor by fabricating hollow structure on surfaces of the metal beam part was analyzed by using finite ele-ment method. A vector hydrophone by using bimorph type acceleration sensors was designed, modeled and tested.

  2. Effects of rotation and magnetic field on the nonlinear peristaltic flow of a second-order fluid in an asymmetric channel through a porous medium

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    A.M.Abd-Alla; S.M.Abo-Dahab; H.D.El-Shahrany

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,the effects of both rotation and magnetic field of the peristaltic transport of a second-order fluid through a porous medium in a channel are studied analytically and computed numerically.The material is represented by the constitutive equations for a second-order fluid.Closed-form solutions under the consideration of long wavelength and low Reynolds number is presented.The analytical expressions for the pressure gradient,pressure rise,friction force,stream function,shear stress,and velocity are obtained in the physical domain.The effects of the non-dimensional wave amplitude,porosity,magnetic field,rotation,and the dimensionless time-mean flow in the wave frame are analyzed theoretically and computed numerically.Numerical results are given and illustrated graphically in each case considered.Comparison was made with the results obtained in the presence and absence of rotation,magnetic field,and porosity.The results indicate that the effects of the non-dimensional wave amplitude,porosity,magnetic field,rotation,and the dimensionless time-mean flow are very pronounced in the phenomena.

  3. 流变学流体的蠕动传输:食道中食物块的运动模型%Peristaltic Transport of a Rheological Fluid:Model for Movement of Food Bolus Through Esophagus

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    J·C·密斯拉; S·麦蒂; 海治

    2012-01-01

    研究食道中蠕动传输的流体力学.对任意的波形和任意的管道长度,建立起流变学流体蠕动传输的数学模型.用粘性流体的Ostwald-de Waele幂定律,描述非Newton流体的流动特性.解析公式化模型,详细且精确地给出食物块在食道中蠕动传输相关的一些重要性质.分析中应用了润滑理论,本研究特别适合于Reynolds数不大的情况.将食道看作环形的管道,通过食道壁周期性的收缩来传输食物块.就单个波和周期性收缩一组波的传播,研究与传输过程有关变量的变化,如压力、流速、食物颗粒轨迹以及流量等.局部压力的变化,对流变指数n有着高度的敏感性.研究结果清晰地表明,食物块在食道中蠕动传输时,Newton流体或流变学流体构成的连续流体,以组合波传播比大间隔单波传播,传输效率要高得多.%Fluid mechanical peristaltic transport through esophagus had been of concern. A mathematical model had been developed with an aim to study the peristaltic transport of a rheo-logical fluid for arbitrary wave shapes and tube lengths. The Ostwald-de Waele power law of viscous fluid was considered here to depict the non-Newtonian behaviour of the fluid. The model was formulated and analyzed with the specific aim of exploring some important information concerning the movement of food bolus through the esophagus. The analysis had been carried out by using lubrication theory. The study was particularly suitable for cases where the Reynolds number was small. The esophagus was treated as a circular tube through which the transport of food bolus takes places by periodic contraction of the esophageal wall. Variation of different variables concerned with the transport phenomena such as pressure, flow velocity, particle trajectory and reflux were investigated for a single wave as well as for a train of periodic peristaltic waves. Locally variable pressure was seen to be highly sensitive to the flow index n

  4. Effects of auricular acupressure on postoperative complications of laparoscopic surgery and its function of improving the gastrointestinal peristaltic function%耳穴按压对腹腔镜术后胃肠功能恢复的影响

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    张阳德; 林伶; 陈紫煜

    2011-01-01

    目的 应用耳穴按压于腹腔镜围手术期治疗,探讨耳穴按压对腹腔镜术后胃肠功能恢复的影响,研究其预防腹腔镜围手术并发症或不良反应的作用.方法 选择2009年7月~2010年6月100例行腹腔镜手术患者并随机分为两组,即耳穴按压组(A组,50例)和对照组(C组,50例),A组患者在自术前24 h至术后3d行耳穴按压,而C组患者不行任何干预,观察两组患者肠呜音恢复时间及肛门首次排气时间;术后并发症如腹胀、呕吐的发生率;术后补救治疗药物使用情况,来评价两组胃肠功能恢复情况.结果 两组患者在年龄,体重,身高,或麻醉时间差异无显着性.耳穴组患者术后肠2音恢复时间,肛门首次排气时间均较对照组显著提前(P<0.05).耳穴按压组患者术后并发症发生率较对照组小,术后止呕药物使用较对照组少(P<0.05).未观察到耳穴按压有明显副作用.结论 耳穴按压可促进术后胃肠功能恢复,并有效预防腹腔镜术后并发症,值得临床推广和进一步研究.%[ Objectives ] To evaluate auricular acupressure's function of improving the gastrointestinal peristaltic function and investigate its influence on postoperative complications of laparoscopic surgery. [Methods] From July 2009 to June 2010,100 patients after laparoscopic operation were enrolled in and randomly divided into two groups, auricular acupressure group (Group A, 50 cases) and control group (Group C, 50 cases). In Group A, the patients were treated with auricular acupressure preoperatively and postoperatively. In Group C, the patients were treated by non nonintervention. The effects of auricular acupressure on postoperative complications and its function of improving the gastrointestinal peristaltic function in each group were analyzed and evaluated. [ Results ] The bowel sound recovery time and the postoperative exhaust time in Group A was statistically earlier than that in Group C (P <0.05). The

  5. 微极流体蠕动泵经由滑移边界管道输送的Stokes流动%Study on Stokes Flow of Micro-Polar Fluids by Peristaltic Pumping Through a Tube With Slip Boundary Condition

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    D·特里帕蒂; M·K·乔伯; P·K·古泊塔; 吴承平

    2011-01-01

    The Stokes flow of micro-polar fluids by peristaltic pumping through the cylindrical tube under the effect of slip boundary condition was studied. The motion of wall was governed by the sinusoidal wave equation. Analytical and numerical solutions for axial velocity, micro-polar vector, stream function, pressure gradient, friction force and mechanical efficiency were obtained by using the lubrication theory. The impacts of emerging parameters such as coupling number, micro-polar parameter and slip parameter on pumping characteristic, friction force and trapping phenomena were depicted graphically. Numerical computation infers that more pressure requires for peristaltic pumping when coupling number is large while opposite behavior is found for micro-polar parameter and the slip parameter. The size of trapped bolus reduces with coupling number and micro-polar parameter whereas it blows up with slip parameter.%计及管道边界条件滑移的影响,研究微极流体蠕动泵,经由圆柱形管道输运的Stokes流动.壁面运动的控制方程为正弦波方程.使用润滑理论,得到了轴向速度、微转动向量、流函数、压力梯度、摩擦力和机械效率的解析数值解.用图形表示出构成参数,如像耦合参数、微极参数和表征蠕流泵特性的滑移参数、摩擦力和俘获现象的影响.数值计算表明,当耦合参数较大时,需要蠕动泵的压力更大,而微极参数和滑移参数正相反.俘获团块的大小随耦合参数和微极参数的减小而缩小,而随滑移参数的增大而缩小.

  6. Flow Energy Piezoelectric Bimorph Nozzle Harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart (Inventor); Walkemeyer, Phillip E. (Inventor); Hall, Jeffrey L. (Inventor); Lee, Hyeong Jae (Inventor); Colonius, Tim (Inventor); Tosi, Phillipe (Inventor); Kim, Namhyo (Inventor); Sun, Kai (Inventor); Corbett, Thomas Gary (Inventor); Arrazola, Alvaro Jose (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A flow energy harvesting device having a harvester pipe includes a flow inlet that receives flow from a primary pipe, a flow outlet that returns the flow into the primary pipe, and a flow diverter within the harvester pipe having an inlet section coupled to the flow inlet, a flow constriction section coupled to the inlet section and positioned at a midpoint of the harvester pipe and having a spline shape with a substantially reduced flow opening size at a constriction point along the spline shape, and an outlet section coupled to the constriction section. The harvester pipe may further include a piezoelectric structure extending from the inlet section through the constriction section and point such that the fluid flow past the constriction point results in oscillatory pressure amplitude inducing vibrations in the piezoelectric structure sufficient to cause a direct piezoelectric effect and to generate electrical power for harvesting.

  7. 一种可越过凸凹障碍的仿医蛭管内微型机器人%Research on a New Kind of Micro Peristaltic Robot in Pipeline Simulating a Medicinal Leech

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    刘方湖; 马培荪

    2000-01-01

    基于医蛭的内部结构和运动机理,提出了一种新型的、可越过管内凸凹障碍的仿医蛭管内 蠕动微型机器人,解决了管内微型机器人的通过性问题.该微型机器人由两个爬行部件、一个收缩 部件和控制系统组成,具有可沿任意方向转弯和可通过锥形、直线型及弧形管接头的能力.%Based on the structure and the locomotion principle of a medicinal leech, a new kind of micro peristaltic robot in pipeline simulating a medicinal leech was presented, which is suitable for going across protruding or concave impediment. The presentation of the micro robot mainly solves the problem for a micro robot in pipeline to go across impediments. The robot is made up of two crawling parts, an extending and contracting part and a control system. The micro robot has many advantages, such as moving in all directions and crossing a cone or linear or arc connection of a pipeline.

  8. 耳穴贴压促进术后胃肠功能恢复干预性试验的Meta分析%Trails about auricular acupressure in improving the postoperative gastrointestinal peristaltic function:a Meta-analysis

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    王晓庆; 段培蓓; 张晓琴; 诸建华; 梅思娟; 杨丽华; 孙龙

    2014-01-01

    Objective To systematically review the effect of auricular acupressure on the recovery of gastrointestinal peristaltic functioning after the surgery .Methods The randomized controlled trials ( RCT) and controlled clinical trail on auricular acupressure after the surgery were collected using the databases of Cochrane Library, JBI Library,PubMed,EMbase,CBMdisc,China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Chinese BioMedical Literature Database ( CBM ) . After selection and critical appraisal of the retrieved studies , a quantitative systemic review(Meta-analysis)was conducted by RevMan 5.0 software.Results Four RCTs and ten CCTs were included with the literature quality of B .Meta-analysis showed that auricular acupressure after the surgery could significantly shorten the time to first flatus (WMD=-14.16,95%CI=-18.40 -9.93,P<0.01),time to first bowel motion(WMD =-10.33,95%CI =-12.98 -7.69,P <0.01),time to first passage of feces(WMD=-19.19,95%CI=-27.56 -10.81,P<0.01),and reduced the rate of abdominal distension (OR=0.17,95%CI:0.10-0.29,P<0.01).Conclusions Auricular acupressure after surgery is beneficial in promoting the recovery of gastrointestinal peristaltic function .However ,more high quality RCTs on the basic research of action mechanism , and standardized clinical research are still required to verify the effects .%目的:评价耳穴贴压对患者术后胃肠功能恢复的影响。方法检索Cochrane及JBI图书馆、PubMed (1966-2013年)、EMbase (1989-2013年)、CBMdisc (1978-2013年)和 CNKI (1994-2013年)数据库中符合纳入排除标准的中英文文献,由3名研究者对文献进行质量评价,使用RevMan 5.0软件对符合标准的研究结局指标进行分析和描述。结果共纳入14项临床干预性研究,文献质量等级均为B级。 Meta分析结果显示,在常规治疗护理的基础上结合耳穴贴压疗法,可明显缩短患者术后排气的时间(WMD=-14.16,95%CI:-18.40~-9

  9. 聚二甲基硅氧烷气动微型蠕动泵制作工艺的研究%Study on Process of Polydimethyl Siloxane Pneumatic Peristaltic Micropump

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    关艳霞; 王宏; 徐章润

    2009-01-01

    聚二甲基硅氧烷(PDMS)气动微型泵由3个PDMS气动微阀构成,依靠3个微阀的蠕动作用实现输运液体的作用.PDMS气动微泵的关键制作工艺是液体通道的弧形化和PDMS层之间、PDMS层与玻璃基片之间的封接.实验证明AZ4620正性光刻胶所制作的阳模能形成剖面形状呈弧形的液体通道.采用等离子体氧化处理法封接技术实现了PDMS层之间、PDMS层与玻璃基片之间的封接,该工艺易操作,封接速度快,而且封接效果好.%A polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) pneumatic micropump is constituted of three active pneumatic micro-valves , and the transport of liquid is realized by Peristaltic working of three valves.Major factors in the fabrication of PDMS pneumatic micropumps are the formation of arc-shaped channel profiles of the liquid channel and bonding PDMS layers as well as bonding between the PDMS layer and the glass slide.AZ4620 positive photoresist was demonstrated the best performance as a positive master for producing a liquid channel with an ideal cross sectional profile.The bonding following plasma cleaning showed the best result was used as the bonding means for fabricating PDMS pneumatic micropumps.This process was demonstrated easy to operate,fast to bond.

  10. Design and research of peristaltic pump control system based on the Modbus RTU%基于ModbusRTU的蠕动泵测控系统的设计与研究

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    罗玮; 余淑荣; 张乾军

    2016-01-01

    Based on the existing domestic manufacturer production common peristaltic pump BT100 M as the research object, according to the pump body meet Modbus RTU serial port communication proto-col, the pump head drive and motion control is analyzed and the research, and by using PLC of Siemens 224XP system to the overall operation of the equipment for automatic control system design, test and hu-man-machine interface development, to the value of its application and popularization, on its program de-sign method of the Modbus free port communication protocol. According to the research design content on the basis of the original equipment on the upper human-machine interface automatic control, to make it a targeted application in related industrial automatic control field.%以现有国内厂家生产的常见蠕动泵 BT100 M 为研究对象,根据泵体满足串口 Modbus RTU通信协议,对其泵头驱动装置及泵头的运动控制进行分析与研究,并利用西门子224 XP系列PLC对其设备的整体运行情况进行自动控制系统设计、测试及人机界面开发,挖掘其应用及推广价值,研讨其Modbus自由口通信协议的程序设计方法。根据研究设计内容在原有设备的基础上对其进行上位人机界面自动控制改造,使其有针对性地推广应用于相关的工业自动控制领域。

  11. Application of RAGAZZINI Peristaltic Pump in the Production of New-process Mixiang Baijiu(Liquor)%RAGAZZINI蠕动泵在新工艺米香型白酒生产中的应用

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    朱旭平

    2015-01-01

    新工艺米香型白酒生产线属长乐烧企业的创新项目,该项目获广东轻工科技二等奖、获国家轻工科技优秀奖。新工艺与传统工艺最大的区别在于,前者是将熟化后的原料直接加水、加曲输入发酵罐糖化、发酵同罐进行,后者是先将熟化的原料在糖化槽中糖化后加水再输入发酵罐。前者物料为液固松散分离状态,后者为糊化状态,因此常用的气动隔膜泵输送液固松散分离状态物料时就常常将液体抽走,造成管道阻塞。长乐烧酒业在新工艺生产线上利用蠕动泵实现了将熟化原料加水混合物料轻松输入发酵罐的目标,解决了管道阻塞问题,达到了连续生产目的,彻底改变了蒸饭机至发酵罐间物料自动输送的难题。%New-process Mixiang Baijiu(liquor) is the innovative program in Changle Distillery which won the 2nd Prize of Guangdong Light Industry Science and Technology and State Light Industry Science&Technology Excellent Prize. The difference between new-process produc-tion and traditional production were as follows:in the new process (raw materials in liquid&solid separation loose state), water was added di-rectly in cooked raw materials, then caky starter was added for saccharfication and fermentation in the same fermenter;in traditional process (raw materials in gelatinized state), cooked raw materials were saccharified in saccharifying tank at first, then water was added for fermentation in the fermenter. The use of new-process often induced pipe obstruction because the commonly-used pneumatic drive membrane pump drained liquid during the transportation of liquid&solid separation loose raw materials. Changle Distillery used peristaltic pump to settle such prob-lem, which could achieve continuous production and completely solve pipeline blocking from steam machine to fermenter.

  12. Rotary Peristaltic Micro-Pump Based on the Nano-Magnetic Fluid%基于纳米磁性液体的旋转式蠕动微泵

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    吴健; 刘同冈; 张亮

    2013-01-01

    A rotary peristaltic micro-pump based on the nano-magnetic fluid was designed,which was composed of an upper substrate,a lower substrate and an elastic film positioned between the two substrates.A micro-channel was machined on each substrate,the magnetic fluid in the upper micro-channel was gathered by a permanent magnet to deform the elastic film in order to push the sample liquid in the lower micro-channel.Both micro-channels were designed with the ring structure to pump the liquid continuously.The operational result indicates that the flow rate and output pressure are the combination result of the positive pressure generated by the gradient magnetic field and the driving force produced by the moving magnetic field.When the rotational speed of the magnetic field is 6 r/min,the maximum output pressure and flow rate of the micro-pump are 1 600 Pa and 1.8 mL/min,respectively.%设计了一种基于纳米磁性液体的旋转式蠕动微泵.泵体由上、下基板和弹性薄膜组成,弹性薄膜位于上、下基板的中间位置.在上、下基板上分别加工出微型管道,上管道中的纳米磁性液体在磁场作用下压迫弹性薄膜变形,从而推动下管道中的液体流动,并且采用环形结构,实现连续泵送的目的.运行结果显示:泵送流量和泵送压力是梯度磁场产生的正压力与移动磁场产生的驱动力共同作用的结果.当磁场旋转速度达到6 r/min时,微泵产生的最大泵送压力达1 600 Pa,此时的流量为1.8 mL/min.

  13. Single Crystal Bimorph Array (SCBA) Driven Deformable Mirror (DM) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will research a novel deformable mirror design for NASA adaptive optics telescope applications. The...

  14. Single Crystal Bimorph Array Driven Deformable Mirrors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will research a novel deformable mirror design for NASA adaptive optics telescope applications . The...

  15. An automatic solution-sample-changing peristaltic device at biological small angle X-ray scattering beamline%一种生物X射线小角散射光束线站自动换样溶液蠕动装置

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    洪春霞; 周平; 李怡雯; 曾建荣; 边风刚; 王劼

    2016-01-01

    Background: Protein structure in solution can be studied by small-angle X-ray scattering techniques at synchrotron radiation facilities. However, the structure of protein is prone to vary as the radiation damage induced by the intense X-ray beam during the experiments. Purpose:This study aims to develop an automatic solution-sample-changing peristaltic device for biological small angle X-ray scattering experiment. Methods: The injection pump PSD/4 of Hamilton is applied to eliminate the radiation damage of protein by minimizing the X-ray irradiation time of unit volume. In addition, automatic sample-changing, retrieving and cleaning was realized by the coordinated control of PSD/4, the alignment control stage and the sample/buffer control stage. Thus the experiment efficiency is improved. Results: The scattering curves and gyration radius of lysozyme under stationary collection mode and peristaltic collection mode were measured by experiments carried out at biological small angle X-ray scattering beamline of Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). And results show that this device can prevent radiation damage of sample efficiently. Conclusion:The designed functionalities have been achieved as expected.%利用同步辐射X射线小角散射技术可以研究溶液中蛋白质的结构信息。但是在实验过程中,高通量的X 射线易造成蛋白质的辐射损伤,发生结构变化。本文介绍了一种自动换样溶液样品蠕动装置,在实验过程中利用Hamilton的PSD/4注射泵控制样品上下运动,减小单位体积照射时间以降低X射线对蛋白质的辐射损伤。此外,通过对注射泵、准直调节台和样品/缓冲液支撑台的协调控制实现了自动换样、回样和清洗功能,提高了实验效率。在上海光源生物X射线小角散射实验站进行了实验,通过对静止模式和蠕动模式下溶菌酶的散射曲线及回旋半径的测量,表明该装置可达到很好的防辐射

  16. Unsteady Peristaltic Transport of Maxwell Fluid Through a Finite Length Tube: Application to Oesophageal Swallowing%Maxwell流体在有限长管道中作不稳定的蠕动传输:食道吞咽进程分析

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    S·K·潘迪; D·特里帕蒂; 黄雅意

    2012-01-01

    Unsteady peristaltic transport of Maxwell fluid in a finite tube was investigated. The walls of the tube were subjected to contraction waves that do not cross the stationary boundaries. The analysis was carried out by using long wavelength approximation in non-dimensional form. The expressions for axial and radial velocities were derived and pressures across a wavelength and also across the tube-length were also estimated. The reflux phenomenon was discussed that culminates into determination of the reflux limit. Mathematical formulations were physically interpreted for the flow of masticated food materials such as bread, white eggs etc. In the oesophagus. It is revealed that Maxwell fluids are favorable to flow in the oesophagus in comparison with Newtonian fluids. This endorses the experimental finding of Tomoko Taka-hashi et al. [Rheology, 1999, 27: 169-172]. It is further revealed that relaxation time affects neither shear stress nor reflux limit. It is found that the peaks of pressure are identical in the integral case while the peaks are different in the non-integral case.%解析地研究了有限长管道中Maxwell流体的不稳定蠕动传输.管壁受到不超过静止边界的收缩波作用.对无量纲形式的方程,应用长波长近似进行分析.导出了轴向速度和径向速度的表达式,评估了沿波长和管道长度方向的压力.讨论了回流现象,确定了回流极限区域.对食道中咀嚼食物(如面包、蛋白等)传输的数学公式给出了物理上的解释.可以看出,与Newton流体相比,Max-well流体有利于在食道中的流动.与Takahashi等[Rheology,1999,27:169-172]的实验结果相符合,进一步揭示了松弛时间既不影响剪应力,也不影响回流极限.发现了压力的峰值,对整数值波列是相同的,而对非整数值波列是不同的.

  17. A peristaltic pump driven 89Zr separation module

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    Siikanen, J.; Peterson, M.; Tran, T.

    2012-01-01

    To facilitate the separation of 89Zr produced in yttrium foils, an automated separation module was designed and assembled. The module separates more than 85% of produced 89Zr - activity in 3 g foils in less than 90 min. About 10 % remains in the dissolving vial. The quality of the separated 89Zr ...... activity was investigated for labeling of the HER2-binding monoclonal antibody fragment, trastuzumab-Fab....

  18. Esophageal contractions in type 3 achalasia esophagus: simultaneous or peristaltic?

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    Kim, Tae Ho; Patel, Nirali; Ledgerwood-Lee, Melissa; Mittal, Ravinder K

    2016-05-01

    Absence of peristalsis and impaired relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter are the hallmarks of achalasia esophagus. Based on the pressurization patterns, achalasia has been subdivided into three subtypes. The goal of our study was to evaluate the esophageal contraction pattern and bolus clearance in type 3 achalasia esophagus. High-resolution manometry (HRM) recordings of all patients diagnosed with achalasia esophagus in our center between the years 2011 and 2013 were reviewed. Recordings of 36 patients with type 3 achalasia were analyzed for the characteristics of swallow-induced "simultaneous esophageal contraction." The HRM impedance recordings of 14 additional patients with type 3 achalasia were analyzed for bolus clearance from the impedance recording. Finally, the HRM impedance along with intraluminal ultrasound imaging was conducted in six patients to further characterize the simultaneous esophageal contractions. Among 187 achalasia patients, 30 were type 1, 121 type 2, and 36 type 3. A total of 434 swallows evaluated in type 3 achalasia patients revealed that 95% of the swallow-induced contractions met criteria for simultaneous esophageal contraction, based on the onset of contraction. Interestingly, the peak and termination of the majority of simultaneous esophageal contractions were sequential. The HRM impedance revealed that 94% of the "simultaneous contractions" were associated with complete bolus clearance. Ultrasound image analysis revealed that baseline muscle thickness of patients in type 3 achalasia is larger than normal but the pattern of axial shortening is similar to that in normal subjects. The majority of esophageal contractions in type 3 achalasia are not true simultaneous contractions because the peak and termination of contraction are sequential and they are associated with complete bolus clearance.

  19. Modeling peristaltic micropump with electro-mechanical analogies

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    Alexey Marques Espindola

    2006-01-01

    Resumo: Os sistemas microfluidicos estão evoluindo rapidamente, encontrando vastas aplicações na mais diversas áreas do conhecimento. Os Lab-on-Chips, LOCs, são dispositivos capazes de realizar análises químicas e bioquímicas em um único chip. Este dispositivo pode causar grande impacto no mercado de análises laboratoriais, por este motivo vem ganhando grande atenção Para realizar estas análises os LOCs necessitam de microbombas capazes de transportar quantidades ínfimas de fluidos em seus ca...

  20. Electrokinetic transport in unsteady flow through peristaltic microchannel

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Mulchandani, Janak; Jhalani, Shubham

    2016-04-01

    We analyze the electrokinetic transport of aqueous electrolyte fluids with Newtonian model in presence of peristalsis through microchannel. Debye-Hückel linearization is employed to simplify the problem. Low Reynolds number and large wavelength approximations are taken into account subjected to microfluidics applications. Electrical double layer (EDL) is considered very thin and electroosmotic slip velocity (i.e. Helmholtz-Smoluchowski velocity) at the wall is subjected to study the effect of applied electrical field. The solutions for axial velocity and pressure difference along the channel length are obtained analytically and the effects of adding and opposing the flow by applied electric field have been discussed. It is revealed that the axial velocity and pressure gradient enhances with adding electric field and an opposite behavior is found in the flow direction on opposing the electric field. These results may also help towards designing organ-on-a-chip like devices for better drug design.

  1. Implementation of an Algorithm for the Locomotion of Quadruped Robot with Bimorph Insect Leg.

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    Gabriel Duarte Gonçalves Pedro

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In the last decades the rising of higher processing power computers, together with more sophisticated robot actuators gave an impulse to the field of autonomous robots in robotics. The need to explore dirty, dangerous and difficult terrains is a suitable task for a robot, sparing a human from hazards of the environment. Even though wheeled robots have been used in great scale for explorations, its configuration has the downside of obstacle impediment and depending on the terrain its wheels can get stuck. The legged robot presents more versatility allowing him to surpass such obstacles in some cases. This article presents the continuation of the development of an quadruped robot with biomorphic insect leg.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of SRN/SU-8 bimorph cantilevers for temperature sensing

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    Larsen, Tom; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Schmid, Silvan

    2011-01-01

    Polymer coated ceramic cantilevers are highly sensitive to temperature changes, due to the large difference in coefficient of thermal expansion of the two materials. Silicon rich nitride (SRN) cantilevers coated with SU-8 for temperature sensing were fabricated and tested. The devices were coated......) shrinkage of SU-8 with increasing temperature, due to evaporation of absorbed moisture and (ii) thermal expansion of SRN and SU-8. Separately, these two effects generate bending in opposite direction. The observed overall bending was seen to be a combination of both. In nitrogen atmosphere, the cantilevers...

  3. Giant-amplitude, high-work density microactuators with phase transition activated nanolayer bimorphs.

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    Liu, Kai; Cheng, Chun; Cheng, Zhenting; Wang, Kevin; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Wu, Junqiao

    2012-12-12

    Various mechanisms are currently exploited to transduce a wide range of stimulating sources into mechanical motion. At the microscale, simultaneously high amplitude, high work output, and high speed in actuation are hindered by limitations of these actuation mechanisms. Here we demonstrate a set of microactuators fabricated by a simple microfabrication process, showing simultaneously high performance by these metrics, operated on the structural phase transition in vanadium dioxide responding to diverse stimuli of heat, electric current, and light. In both ambient and aqueous conditions, the actuators bend with exceedingly high displacement-to-length ratios up to 1 in the sub-100 μm length scale, work densities over 0.63 J/cm(3), and at frequencies up to 6 kHz. The functionalities of actuation can be further enriched with integrated designs of planar as well as three-dimensional geometries. Combining the superior performance, high durability, diversity in responsive stimuli, versatile working environments, and microscale manufacturability, these actuators offer potential applications in microelectromechanical systems, microfluidics, robotics, drug delivery, and artificial muscles.

  4. NOTE: Single-mask microfabrication of three-dimensional objects from strained bimorphs

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    Moiseeva, E.; Senousy, Y. M.; McNamara, S.; Harnett, C. K.

    2007-09-01

    Recently, techniques known as 'micro-origami' or 'strain architecture' have emerged for the fabrication of out-of-plane micro- and nanostructures by relaxation of a pair of strain-mismatched thin films. Applications of such structures include optical reflectors, actuators and micropositioners. We illustrate how control of the folding order can generate complex three-dimensional objects from metal-oxide bilayers using this approach. By relying on the fact that narrower structures are released from the substrate first, it is possible to create multi-axis loops and interlinked objects with several sequential release steps, using a single photomask. The structures remain planar until released by XeF2 dry silicon etching, making it possible to integrate them with other MEMS and microelectronic devices early in the process.

  5. Peristaltic motion of a Johnson-Segalman fluid in a planar channel

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is devoted to the study of the two-dimensional flow of a Johnson-Segalman fluid in a planar channel having walls that are transversely displaced by an infinite, harmonic travelling wave of large wavelength. Both analytical and numerical solutions are presented. The analysis for the analytical solution is carried out for small Weissenberg numbers. (A Weissenberg number is the ratio of the relaxation time of the fluid to a characteristic time associated with the flow. Analytical solutions have been obtained for the stream function from which the relations of the velocity and the longitudinal pressure gradient have been derived. The expression of the pressure rise over a wavelength has also been determined. Numerical computations are performed and compared to the perturbation analysis. Several limiting situations with their implications can be examined from the presented analysis.

  6. Peristaltic Motion of Power-Law Fluid with Heat and Mass Transfer

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    T.Hayat; S.Hina; Awatif A.Hendi

    2011-01-01

    @@ The effects of wall properties and heat and mass transfer on the peristalsis in a power-law fluid are investigated.The solutions for the stream function, temperature, concentration and heat transfer coefficient are obtained.The axial velocity, temperature and mass concentration are studied for different emerging parameters.

  7. Design and experimental gait analysis of a multi-segment in-pipe robot inspired by earthworm's peristaltic locomotion

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    Fang, Hongbin; Wang, Chenghao; Li, Suyi; Xu, Jian; Wang, K. W.

    2014-03-01

    This paper reports the experimental progress towards developing a multi-segment in-pipe robot inspired by earthworm's body structure and locomotion mechanism. To mimic the alternating contraction and elongation of a single earthworm's segment, a robust, servomotor based actuation mechanism is developed. In each robot segment, servomotor-driven cords and spring steel belts are utilized to imitate the earthworm's longitudinal and circular muscles, respectively. It is shown that the designed segment can contract and relax just like an earthworm's body segment. The axial and radial deformation of a single segment is measured experimentally, which agrees with the theoretical predictions. Then a multisegment earthworm-like robot is fabricated by assembling eight identical segments in series. The locomotion performance of this robot prototype is then extensively tested in order to investigate the correlation between gait design and dynamic locomotion characteristics. Based on the principle of retrograde peristalsis wave, a gait generator is developed for the multi-segment earthworm-like robot, following which gaits of the robot can be constructed. Employing the generated gaits, the 8-segment earthworm-like robot can successfully perform both horizontal locomotion and vertical climb in pipes. By changing gait parameters, i.e., with different gaits, locomotion characteristics including average speed and anchor slippage can be significantly tailored. The proposed actuation method and prototype of the multi-segment in-pipe robot as well as the gait generator provide a bionic realization of earthworm's locomotion with promising potentials in various applications such as pipeline inspection and cleaning.

  8. Combine effects of Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD and partial slip on peristaltic Blood flow of Ree–Eyring fluid with wall properties

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this article, combine effects of Magnetohydrodynamics and partial slip on Blood flow of Ree–Eyring fluid through a porous medium have been investigated. The walls of the non-uniform porous channel are considered as compliant. The governing equation of Ree–Eyring fluid for blood flow are simplified using long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximation. The obtained resulting equation are solved analytically and exact solution has been obtained. The impact of different physical parameters such as Hartmann number, slip parameter, porous parameter, wall rigidity parameter, wall tension and mass characterization parameter are taken into account. It is found that velocity distribution increases due to slip effects while its behavior is opposite for Hartmann number. Trapping mechanism has also taken under consideration by drawing contour streamlines.

  9. Spontaneous peristaltic airway contractions propel lung liquid through the bronchial tree of intact and fetal lung explants.

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    Schittny, J C; Miserocchi, G; Sparrow, M P

    2000-07-01

    Spontaneous contractions of the fetal airways are a well recognized but poorly characterized phenomenon. In the present study spontaneous narrowing of the airways was analyzed in freshly isolated lungs from early to late gestation in fetal pigs and rabbits and in cultured fetal mouse lungs. Propagating waves of contraction traveling proximal to distal were observed in fresh lungs throughout gestation which displaced the lung liquid along the lumen. In the pseudoglandular and canalicular stages (fetal pigs) the frequency ranged from 2.3 to 3.3 contractions/min with a 39 to 46% maximum reduction of lumen diameter. In the saccular stage (rabbit) the frequency was 10 to 12/min with a narrowing of approximately 30%. In the organ cultures the waves of narrowing started at the trachea in whole lungs, or at the main bronchus in lobes (5.2 +/- 1.5 contractions/min, 22 +/- 8% reduction of lumen diameter), and as they proceeded distally along the epithelial tubes the luminal liquid was shifted toward the terminal tubules, which expanded the endbuds. As the tubules relaxed the flow of liquid was reversed. Thus the behavior of airway smooth muscle in the fetal lung is phasic in type (like gastrointestinal muscle) in contrast to that in postnatal lung, where it is tonic. An intraluminal positive pressure of 2.33 +/- 0.77 cm H(2)O was recorded in rabbit fetal trachea. It is proposed that the active tone of the smooth muscle maintains the positive intraluminal pressure and acts as a stimulus to lung growth via the force exerted across the airway wall and adjacent parenchyma. The expansion of the compliant endbuds by the fluid shifts at the airway tip may promote their growth into the surrounding mesenchyme.

  10. Buttressing staples with cholecyst-derived extracellular matrix (CEM) reinforces staple lines in an ex vivo peristaltic inflation model.

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    Burugapalli, Krishna

    2008-11-01

    Staple line leakage and bleeding are the most common problems associated with the use of surgical staplers for gastrointestinal resection and anastomotic procedures. These complications can be reduced by reinforcing the staple lines with buttressing materials. The current study reports the potential use of cholecyst-derived extracellular matrix (CEM) in non-crosslinked (NCEM) and crosslinked (XCEM) forms, and compares their mechanical performance with clinically available buttress materials [small intestinal submucosa (SIS) and bovine pericardium (BP)] in an ex vivo small intestine model.

  11. Characterization of Sputtered Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) Stress and Thermally Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)

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    2015-11-01

    applications compared to other actuation mechanisms such as thermal, magnetic , or electrostatic are more useful because of their high power density, actuation... applications . Surface Coatings and Technology. 2001;145:1007–112. 17 12. Wibowo E, Kwok CY. Fabrication and characterization of sputtered NiTi shape...the film properties and produce a consistent process for achieving low residual stress MEMS cantilevers. 15. SUBJECT TERMS MEMS, shape memory alloy

  12. Experimental study on strain distribution of ionic polymer-metal composite actuator using digital image correlation

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    Liu, Hongguang; Xiong, Ke; Wang, Man; Bian, Kan; Zhu, Kongjun

    2017-02-01

    Ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) cantilever actuators demonstrate significant bending deformation upon application of excitation voltage across the electrodes. In this paper a cantilever beam shaped IPMC actuator with platinum (Pt) electrodes is fabricated to investigate the micro-scale lateral deformation behavior under DC voltages using a digital microscope to measure the deformation. The digital image correlation (DIC) method is utilized to analyze the displacement and strain fields of the sample. The experimental results indicate that the longitudinal normal strain is linearly distributed along the thickness direction and the strain gradient is approximately exponential with excitation voltage. The amplitude of the transverse strain is bigger than the longitudinal strain, and the strains are also found to decrease along the length direction of the IPMC cantilever actuator. The longitudinal and transverse normal strains of the IPMC actuator under DC voltages are compressive strains due to water loss effect in the air.

  13. Modeling and optimal design of multilayer thermal cantilever microactuators

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    2009-01-01

    A model of curvature and tip deflection of multilayer thermal cantilever actuators is derived.The sim-plified expression received from the model avoids inverting complex matrices enhances understanding and makes it easier to optimize the structure parameters.Experiment is performed,the modeled and experimental results demonstrate the validity of the model,and it also indicates that Young’s module makes great contribution to the deflection;therefore,thin layers cannot be ignored arbitrarily.

  14. Improvements in the technique of vascular perfusion-fixation employing a fluorocarbon-containing perfusate and a peristaltic pump controlled by pressure feedback

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    Rostgaard, J; Qvortrup, K; Poulsen, Steen Seier

    1993-01-01

    oxygenated fluorocarbon to glutaraldehyde perfusate-fixatives, enough oxygen is made accessible for cellular respiration as well as for the oxygen-consuming chemical reactions of glutaraldehyde with the tissue. Data on anaesthesia, operative manoeuvres, mechanical components of the system, preparation...

  15. Peristaltic flow of a fluid in a porous channel: A study having relevance to flow of bile within ducts in a pathological state

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    Maiti, S; 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2011.05.006

    2011-01-01

    The paper deals with a theoretical study of the transport of a fluid in a channel, which takes place by the phenomenon of peristalsis. A mathematical analysis of the said problem has been presented. The analysis involves the application of a suitable perturbation technique. The velocity profile and the critical pressure for the occurrence of reflux are investigated with particular emphasis by using appropriate numerical methods. The effects of various parameters, such as Reynolds number, pressure gradient, porosity parameter, Darcy number, slip parameter, amplitude ratio and wave number on velocity and critical pressure for reflux are investigated in detail. The computed results are compared with a previous analytical work and an experimental investigation reported earlier in existing scientific literatures. The results of the present study are in conformity to both of them. The study has got some relevance to the physiological flow of bile in the common bile duct in a pathological state. It reveals that in t...

  16. Significance of peristaltic squeezing of sperm bundles in the silkworm, Bombyx mori: elimination of irregular eupyrene sperm nuclei of the triploid

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    Sahara, Ken; Kawamura, Naoko; Yamashiki, Naoko; Saitoh, Hiroshi

    2001-01-01

    Silkworm (Lepidoptera) males produce dimorphic sperm: nucleate eupyrene sperm and anucleate apyrene sperm. The eupyrene sperm are ordinary sperm to fertilise the eggs, while the function of apyrene sperm remains uncertain. After meiosis, 256 sperm cells are enclosed by a layer of cyst cells, forming a sperm bundle. We have previously documented that the nucleus of eupyrene sperm anchors to the head cyst cell, which locates at the anterior apex of the bundle, by an acrosome tubule-basal body a...

  17. Peristaltic closure of a safety pin--an unusual fate of a safety pin seen as a foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract.

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    Andréasson, L; Ingelstedt, S; Tjernström, O

    1986-04-01

    This report presents a case where an open safety pin passed through the Esophagus and where Nature herself finally solved the problem by closing the pin, which was afterwards carried in the faecal stream and discharged from the body without any harm to the patient.

  18. Cilia walls influence on peristaltically induced motion of magneto-fluid through a porous medium at moderate Reynolds number: Numerical study

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    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available This article addresses, effects of a magneto-fluid through a Darcy flow model with oscillatory wavy walled whose inner surface is ciliated. The equations that governing the flow are modeled without using any approximations. Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM is used to evaluate the solution of our system of nonlinear partial differential equations. Stream function, velocity and pressure gradient components are obtained by using the vorticity formula. The effects for our arbitrary physical parameters on flow characteristics are analyzed by plotting diagrams and discussed in details. With the help of stream lines the trapping mechanism has also been discussed. The major outcomes for the ciliated channel walls are: The axial velocity is higher without a ciliated walls than that for a ciliated walls and an opposite behaviour is shown near the ciliated channel walls. The pressure gradients in both directions are higher for a ciliated channel walls. More numbers of the trapped bolus in the absent of the eccentricity of the cilia elliptic path.

  19. Effect of cross sectional geometry on PDMS micro peristaltic pump performance: comparison of SU-8 replica molding vs. micro injection molding.

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    Graf, Neil J; Bowser, Michael T

    2013-10-07

    Two different fabrication methods were employed to fabricate micropumps with different cross-sectional channel geometries. The first was to fabricate rectangular cross-sectional microchannel geometries using the well known fabrication method of replica molding (REM). The second, and far less utilized fabrication technique, was to create microchannel molds using an in-house fabricated handheld micro injection molding apparatus. The injection mold apparatus was designed for use with elastomeric room temperature vulcanization (RTV) polymers, as opposed to most other injection molding machines, which are designed for use with thermoplastic polymers. The injection mold's bottom plate was used as a microchannel molding template. The molding template was created by threading a small-diameter wire (150 μm or less) through the injection mold's bottom plate, with subsequent adhesion and smoothing of a thin piece of aluminum foil over the wire-raised injection mold template. When molded against, the template produced a rounded/Gaussian-shaped PDMS microchannel. The design of the injection mold will be presented, along with a direct comparison for micropump performance metrics such as flow rate, valving characteristics, and maximum backpressures attainable for each of the respective micropump channel geometries.

  20. Auxetic piezoelectric energy harvesters for increased electric power output

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    Li, Qiang; Kuang, Yang; Zhu, Meiling

    2017-01-01

    This letter presents a piezoelectric bimorph with auxetic (negative Poisson's ratio) behaviors for increased power output in vibration energy harvesting. The piezoelectric bimorph comprises a 2D auxetic substrate sandwiched between two piezoelectric layers. The auxetic substrate is capable of introducing auxetic behaviors and thus increasing the transverse stress in the piezoelectric layers when the bimorph is subjected to a longitudinal stretching load. As a result, both 31- and 32-modes are simultaneously exploited to generate electric power, leading to an increased power output. The increasing power output principle was theoretically analyzed and verified by finite element (FE) modelling. The FE modelling results showed that the auxetic substrate can increase the transverse stress of a bimorph by 16.7 times. The average power generated by the auxetic bimorph is 2.76 times of that generated by a conventional bimorph.

  1. Variable waveband infrared imager

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    Hunter, Scott R.

    2013-06-11

    A waveband imager includes an imaging pixel that utilizes photon tunneling with a thermally actuated bimorph structure to convert infrared radiation to visible radiation. Infrared radiation passes through a transparent substrate and is absorbed by a bimorph structure formed with a pixel plate. The absorption generates heat which deflects the bimorph structure and pixel plate towards the substrate and into an evanescent electric field generated by light propagating through the substrate. Penetration of the bimorph structure and pixel plate into the evanescent electric field allows a portion of the visible wavelengths propagating through the substrate to tunnel through the substrate, bimorph structure, and/or pixel plate as visible radiation that is proportional to the intensity of the incident infrared radiation. This converted visible radiation may be superimposed over visible wavelengths passed through the imaging pixel.

  2. 不对称柔性壁管道内幂律流体蠕动传输的精确解%Exact Solution for Peristaltic Transport of Power-Law Fluid in an Asymmetric Channel With Compliant Walls

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    T·哈亚特; M·贾佛德1; 黄绍红

    2010-01-01

    在不对称管道内,研究了壁面柔曲性对非Newton流体蠕动流的影响.流变学性质由幂律流体本构方程表征.在数学表达中,采用了长波和低Reynolds数近似.得到了流函数和速度的精确解.给出了流线图及其俘获现象.对所讨论的流动,陈列了关键参数的显著特征,并最后给出了主要结论.

  3. Mechanical behavior simulation of MEMS-based cantilever beam using COMSOL multiphysics

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    Acheli, A., E-mail: aacheli@cdta.dz; Serhane, R. [Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées (CDTA). BP n°17 Baba Hassen, Alger (Algeria)

    2015-03-30

    This paper presents the studies of mechanical behavior of MEMS cantilever beam made of poly-silicon material, using the coupling of three application modes (plane strain, electrostatics and the moving mesh) of COMSOL Multi-physics software. The cantilevers playing a key role in Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices (switches, resonators, etc) working under potential shock. This is why they require actuation under predetermined conditions, such as electrostatic force or inertial force. In this paper, we present mechanical behavior of a cantilever actuated by an electrostatic force. In addition to the simplification of calculations, the weight of the cantilever was not taken into account. Different parameters like beam displacement, electrostatics force and stress over the beam have been calculated by finite element method after having defining the geometry, the material of the cantilever model (fixed at one of ends but is free to move otherwise) and his operational space.

  4. Getting Started with PEAs-Based Flapping-Wing Mechanisms for Micro Aerial Systems

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    José Carlos Durán Hernández

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces recent advances on flapping-wing Micro and Nano Aerial Vehicles (MAVs and NAVs based on Piezoelectric Actuators (PEA. Therefore, this work provides essential information to address the development of such bio-inspired aerial robots. PEA are commonly used in micro-robotics and precise positioning applications (e.g., micro-positioning and micro-manipulation, whereas within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs domain, motors are the classical actuators used for rotary or fixed-wing configurations. Therefore, we consider it pertinent to provide essential information regarding the modeling and control of piezoelectric cantilever actuators to accelerate early design and development stages of aerial microrobots based on flapping-wing systems. In addition, the equations describing the aerodynamic behavior of a flapping-wing configuration are presented.

  5. Pull-in behavior analysis of vibrating functionally graded micro-cantilevers under suddenly DC voltage

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    Jamal Zare

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present research attempts to explain dynamic pull-in instability of functionally graded micro-cantilevers actuated by step DC voltage while the fringing-field effect is taken into account in the vibrational equation of motion. By employing modern asymptotic approach namely Homotopy Perturbation Method with an auxiliary term, high-order frequency-amplitude relation is obtained, then the influences of material properties and actuation voltage on dynamic pull-in behavior are investigated. It is demonstrated that the auxiliary term in the homotopy perturbation method is extremely effective for higher order approximation and two terms in series expansions are sufficient to produce an acceptable solution. The strength of this analytical procedure is verified through comparison with numerical results.

  6. A piezoelectrically actuated ball valve

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    Erwin, L. R.; Schwartz, H. W.; Teitelbaum, B. R.

    1972-01-01

    Bimorph strip composed of two layers of poled piezoelectric ceramic material closes and opens valve. Strip performs like capacitator, allowing initial inrush of current when valve is energized and then only small leakage current flows as valve remains energized.

  7. Figure Control of Lightweight Optical Structures

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    Main, John A.; Song, Haiping

    2005-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the use of fuzzy logic controllers in modifying the figure of a piezoceramic bimorph mirror. Non-contact electron actuation technology is used to actively control a bimorph mirror comprised two PZT-5H wafers by varying the electron flux and electron voltages. Due to electron blooming generated by the electron flux, it is difficult to develop an accurate control model for the bimorph mirror through theoretical analysis alone. The non-contact shape control system with electron flux blooming can be approximately described with a heuristic model based on experimental data. Two fuzzy logic feedback controllers are developed to control the shape of the bimorph mirror according to heuristic fuzzy inference rules generated from previous experimental results. Validation of the proposed fuzzy logic controllers is also discussed.

  8. Design and characterisation of a piezoelectric knee-joint energy harvester with frequency up-conversion through magnetic plucking

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    Kuang, Yang; Yang, Zhihao; Zhu, Meiling

    2016-08-01

    Piezoelectric energy harvesting from human motion is challenging because of the low energy conversion efficiency at a low-frequency excitation. Previous studies by the present authors showed that mechanical plucking of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever was able to provide frequency up-conversion from a few hertz to the resonance frequency of the cantilever, and that a piezoelectric knee-joint energy harvester (KEH) based on this mechanism was able to generate sufficient energy to power a wireless sensor node. However, the direct contact between the bimorph and the plectra leads to reduced longevity and considerable noise. To address these limitations, this paper introduces a magnetic plucking mechanism to replace the mechanical plucking in the KEH, where primary magnets (PM) actuated by knee-joint motion excite the bimorphs through a secondary magnet (SM) fixed on the bimorphs tip and so achieve frequency up-conversion. The key parameters of the new KEH that affect the energy output of a plucked bimorph were investigated. It was found that the bimorph plucked by a repulsive magnetic force produced a higher energy output than an attractive force. The energy output peaked at 32 PMs and increased with a decreasing gap between PM and SM as well as an increasing rotation speed of the PMs. Based on these investigations, a KEH with high energy output was prototyped, which featured 8 piezoelectric bimorphs plucked by 32 PMs through repulsive magnetic forces. The gap between PM and SM was set to 1.5 mm with a consideration on both the energy output and longevity of the bimorphs. When actuated by knee-joint motion of 0.9 Hz, the KEH produced an average power output of 5.8 mW with a life time >7.3 h (about 3.8 × 105 plucking excitations).

  9. Deployable large aperture optics system for remote sensing applications.

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    Sumali, Anton Hartono; Martin, Jeffrey W.; Main, John A. (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY); Macke, Benjamin T.; Massad, Jordan Elias; Chaplya, Pavel Mikhail

    2004-04-01

    This report summarizes research into effects of electron gun control on piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) structures. The experimental apparatus specific to the electron gun control of this structure is detailed, and the equipment developed for the remote examination of the bimorph surface profile is outlined. Experiments conducted to determine the optimum electron beam characteristics for control are summarized. Clearer boundaries on the bimorphs control output capabilities were determined, as was the closed loop response. Further controllability analysis of the bimorph is outlined, and the results are examined. In this research, the bimorph response was tested through a matrix of control inputs of varying current, frequency, and amplitude. Experiments also studied the response to electron gun actuation of piezoelectric bimorph thin film covered with multiple spatial regions of control. Parameter ranges that yielded predictable control under certain circumstances were determined. Research has shown that electron gun control can be used to make macrocontrol and nanocontrol adjustments for PVDF structures. The control response and hysteresis are more linear for a small range of energy levels. Current levels needed for optimum control are established, and the generalized controllability of a PVDF bimorph structure is shown.

  10. Piezoelectric Bimorphs’ Characteristics as In-Socket Sensors for Transfemoral Amputees

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    Amr M. El-Sayed

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric bimorph showed appropriate static operating range, repeatability, hysteresis, and frequency response for application in lower prosthesis, with a force range of 0–100 N. To further validate this finding, an experiment was conducted with a single transfemoral amputee subject to measure the stump/socket pressure using the piezoelectric bimorph embedded inside the socket. The results showed that a maximum interface pressure of about 27 kPa occurred at the anterior proximal site compared to the anterior distal and posterior sites, consistent with values published in other studies. This paper highlighted the capacity of piezoelectric bimorphs to perform as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. However, further experiments are recommended to be conducted with different amputees with different socket types.

  11. Increased power to weight ratio of piezoelectric energy harvesters through integration of cellular honeycomb structures

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    Chandrasekharan, N.; Thompson, L. L.

    2016-04-01

    The limitations posed by batteries have compelled the need to investigate energy harvesting methods to power small electronic devices that require very low operational power. Vibration based energy harvesting methods with piezoelectric transduction in particular has been shown to possess potential towards energy harvesters replacing batteries. Current piezoelectric energy harvesters exhibit considerably lower power to weight ratio or specific power when compared to batteries the harvesters seek to replace. To attain the goal of battery-less self-sustainable device operation the power to weight ratio gap between piezoelectric energy harvesters and batteries need to be bridged. In this paper the potential of integrating lightweight honeycomb structures with existing piezoelectric device configurations (bimorph) towards achieving higher specific power is investigated. It is shown in this study that at low excitation frequency ranges, replacing the solid continuous substrate of conventional bimorph with honeycomb structures of the same material results in a significant increase in power to weight ratio of the piezoelectric harvester. At higher driving frequency ranges it is shown that unlike the traditional piezoelectric bimorph with solid continuous substrate, the honeycomb substrate bimorph can preserve optimum global design parameters through manipulation of honeycomb unit cell parameters. Increased operating lifetime and design flexibility of the honeycomb core piezoelectric bimorph is demonstrated as unit cell parameters of the honeycomb structures can be manipulated to alter mass and stiffness properties of the substrate, resulting in unit cell parameter significantly influencing power generation.

  12. Magnetic field sensor using a polymer-based vibrator

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    Wu, Jiang; Hasebe, Kazuhiko; Mizuno, Yosuke; Tabaru, Marie; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2016-09-01

    In this technical note, a polymer-based magnetic sensor with a high resolution was devised for sensing the high magnetic field. It consisted of a bimorph (vibrator) made of poly (phenylene sulfide) (PPS) and a phosphor-bronze foil glued on the free end of the bimorph. According to Faraday’s law of induction, when a magnetic field in the direction perpendicular to the bimorph was applied, the foil cut the magnetic flux, and generated an alternating voltage across the leads at the natural frequency of the bimorph. Because PPS has low mechanical loss, low elastic modulus, and low density, high vibration velocity can be achieved if it is employed as the elastomer of the bimorph. The devised sensor was tested in the magnetic field range of 0.1-570 mT and exhibited a minimum detectable magnetic field of 0.1 mT. At a zero-to-peak driving voltage of 60 V, the sensitivity of the PPS-based magnetic sensor reached 10.5 V T-1, which was 1.36 times the value of the aluminum-based magnetic sensor with the same principle and dimensions.

  13. Development of large aperture composite adaptive optics

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    Kmetik, Viliam; Vitovec, Bohumil; Jiran, Lukas; Nemcova, Sarka; Zicha, Josef; Inneman, Adolf; Mikulickova, Lenka; Pavlica, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Large aperture composite adaptive optics for laser applications is investigated in cooperation of Institute of Plasma Physic, Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering FME CTU and 5M Ltd. We are exploring opportunity of a large-size high-power-laser deformable-mirror production using a lightweight bimorph actuated structure with a composite core. In order to produce a sufficiently large operational free aperture we are developing new technologies for production of flexible core, bimorph actuator and deformable mirror reflector. Full simulation of a deformable-mirrors structure was prepared and validated by complex testing. A deformable mirror actuation and a response of a complicated structure are investigated for an accurate control of the adaptive optics. An original adaptive optics control system and a bimorph deformable mirror driver were developed. Tests of material samples, components and sub-assemblies were completed. A subscale 120 mm bimorph deformable mirror prototype was designed, fabricated and thoroughly tested. A large-size 300 mm composite-core bimorph deformable mirror was simulated and optimized, fabrication of a prototype is carried on. A measurement and testing facility is modified to accommodate large sizes optics.

  14. Dynamic Electromechanical Coupling of Piezoelectric Bending Actuators

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    Mostafa R. A. Nabawy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Electromechanical coupling defines the ratio of electrical and mechanical energy exchanged during a flexure cycle of a piezoelectric actuator. This paper presents an analysis of the dynamic electromechanical coupling factor (dynamic EMCF for cantilever based piezoelectric actuators and provides for the first time explicit expressions for calculation of dynamic EMCF based on arrangement of passive and active layers, layer geometry, and active and passive materials selection. Three main cantilever layer configurations are considered: unimorph, dual layer bimorph and triple layer bimorph. The actuator is modeled using standard constitutive dynamic equations that relate deflection and charge to force and voltage. A mode shape formulation is used for the cantilever dynamics that allows the generalized mass to be the actual mass at the first resonant frequency, removing the need for numerical integration in the design process. Results are presented in the form of physical insight from the model structure and also numerical evaluations of the model to provide trends in dynamic EMCF with actuator design parameters. For given material properties of the active and passive layers and given system overall damping ratio, the triple layer bimorph topology is the best in terms of theoretically achievable dynamic EMCF, followed by the dual layer bimorph. For a damping ratio of 0.035, the dynamic EMCF for an example dual layer bimorph configuration is 9% better than for a unimorph configuration. For configurations with a passive layer, the ratio of thicknesses for the passive and active layers is the primary geometric design variable. Choice of passive layer stiffness (Young’s modulus relative to the stiffness of the material in the active layer is an important materials related design choice. For unimorph configurations, it is beneficial to use the highest stiffness possible passive material, whereas for triple layer bimorph configurations, the passive

  15. High-resolution adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope with multiple deformable mirrors

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    Chen, Diana C.; Olivier, Scot S.; Jones; Steven M.

    2010-02-23

    An adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopes is introduced to produce non-invasive views of the human retina. The use of dual deformable mirrors improved the dynamic range for correction of the wavefront aberrations compared with the use of the MEMS mirror alone, and improved the quality of the wavefront correction compared with the use of the bimorph mirror alone. The large-stroke bimorph deformable mirror improved the capability for axial sectioning with the confocal imaging system by providing an easier way to move the focus axially through different layers of the retina.

  16. Study of a wide-aperture combined deformable mirror for high-power pulsed phosphate glass lasers

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    Samarkin, V V; Aleksandrov, A G; Romanov, P N; Rukosuev, A L; Kudryashov, A V [Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering, Moscow (Russian Federation); Jitsuno, T [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2015-12-31

    A deformable mirror with the size of 410 × 468 mm controlled by bimorph piezoceramic plates and multilayer piezo stacks is developed. The response functions of individual actuators and the measurements of the flatness of the deformable mirror surface are presented. The study of mirrors with an interferometer and a wavefront sensor has shown that it is possible to improve the surface flatness down to a residual roughness of 0.033 μm (RMS). The possibility of correction of beam aberrations in an ultra-high-power laser using the created bimorph mirror is demonstrated. (letters)

  17. Micromechanical contact stiffness devices and application for calibrating contact resonance atomic force microscopy

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    Rosenberger, Matthew R.; Chen, Sihan; Prater, Craig B.; King, William P.

    2017-01-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and characterization of micromechanical devices that can present an engineered contact stiffness to an atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilever tip. These devices allow the contact stiffness between the AFM tip and a substrate to be easily and accurately measured, and can be used to calibrate the cantilever for subsequent mechanical property measurements. The contact stiffness devices are rigid copper disks of diameters 2-18 μm integrated onto a soft silicone substrate. Analytical modeling and finite element simulations predict the elastic response of the devices. Measurements of tip-sample interactions during quasi-static force measurements compare well with modeling simulation, confirming the expected elastic response of the devices, which are shown to have contact stiffness 32-156 N m-1. To demonstrate one application, we use the disk sample to calibrate three resonant modes of a U-shaped AFM cantilever actuated via Lorentz force, at approximately 220, 450, and 1200 kHz. We then use the calibrated cantilever to determine the contact stiffness and elastic modulus of three polymer samples at these modes. The overall approach allows cantilever calibration without prior knowledge of the cantilever geometry or its resonance modes, and could be broadly applied to both static and dynamic measurements that require AFM calibration against a known contact stiffness.

  18. Biocompatible circuit-breaker chip for thermal management of biomedical microsystems

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    Luo, Yi; Dahmardeh, Masoud; Takahata, Kenichi

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a thermoresponsive micro circuit breaker for biomedical applications specifically targeted at electronic intelligent implants. The circuit breaker is micromachined to have a shape-memory-alloy cantilever actuator as a normally closed temperature-sensitive switch to protect the device of interest from overheating, a critical safety feature for smart implants including those that are electrothermally driven with wireless micro heaters. The device is fabricated in a size of 1.5  ×  2.0  ×  0.46 mm3 using biocompatible materials and a chip-based titanium package, exhibiting a nominal cold-state resistance of 14 Ω. The breaker rapidly enters the full open condition when the chip temperature exceeds 63 °C, temporarily breaking the circuit of interest to lower its temperature until chip temperature drops to 51 °C, at which the breaker closes the circuit to allow current to flow through it again, physically limiting the maximum temperature of the circuit. This functionality is tested in combination with a wireless resonant heater powered by radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation, demonstrating self-regulation of heater temperature. The developed circuit-breaker chip operates in a fully passive manner that removes the need for active sensor and circuitry to achieve temperature regulation in a target device, contributing to the miniaturization of biomedical microsystems including electronic smart implants where thermal management is essential.

  19. Design, modeling, and fabrication of piezoelectric polymer actuators

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    Fu, Yao; Harvey, Erol C.; Ghantasala, Muralidhar K.; Spinks, Geoff

    2004-04-01

    Piezoelectric polymers are a class of materials with great potential and promise for many applications. Because of their ideally suitable characteristics, they make good candidates for actuators. However, the difficulty of forming structures and shapes has limited the range of mechanical design. In this work, the design and fabrication of a unimorph piezoelectric cantilever actuator using piezoelectric polymer PVDF with an electroplated layer of nickel alloy has been described. The modeling and simulation of the composite cantilever with planar and microstructured surfaces has been performed by CoventorWare to optimize the design parameters in order to achieve large tip deflections. These simulation results indicated that a microstructured cantilever could produce 25 percent higher deflection compared to a simple planar cantilever surface. The tip deflection of the composite cantilever with a length of 6mm and a width of 1mm can reach up to 100μm. A PVDF polymer with a specifically designed shape was punched out along the elongation direction on the embossing machine at room temperature. The nickel alloy layer was electroplated on one side of the PVDF to form a composite cantilever. The tip deflection of the cantilever was observed and measured under an optical microscope. The experimental result is in agreement with the theoretical analysis.

  20. Development of Adjustable Grazing Incidence Optics

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    Reid, Paul B.; Davis, W.; Schwartz, D. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Wilke, R. H. T.

    2010-03-01

    We report on the development of adjustable grazing incidence optics. We are developing bimorph mirrors for high resolution (sub-arc second) imaging. Bimorph mirrors consist of a thin layer of piezo-electric material deposited on the back surface of a thin (material localizes the strain to the particular piezo "pixel.” Mirror figure errors are corrected (on-orbit) via induced localized deformations. We have successfully deposited a 1-micrometer thick layer of the piezo-electric material lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) on thin glass mirrors. We report on the electrical and mechanical properties of the bimorph mirrors, and mirror requirements. We discuss finite element modeling of bimorph mirrors. In particular, we focus on how a difference in mirror mounting affects the influence functions ( the induced deformations). We are also developing the use of electrostrictive adjusters for moderate resolution (a few arc second) imaging. Electroplated nickel/cobalt full shells are mounted together using the adjusters. The adjusters are arrayed axially and tangentially between shells, with their adjustable dimension in the radial direction. Each shell is adjusted and fixed in place during mirror assembly, starting with the innermost shell. We review finite element modeling of the adjustable optics and the application of the adjustment system to correct manufacturing errors. We discuss initial tests using electrostrictive adjusters to change the shape of flat mirror segments. This work is supported by NASA Contract NNX09AE87G and a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  1. Analysis of a piezoelectric power harvester with adjustable frequency by precise electric field method.

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    Wang, Yujue; Lian, Ziyang; Yao, Mingge; Wang, Ji; Hu, Hongping

    2013-10-01

    A power harvester with adjustable frequency, which consists of a hinged-hinged piezoelectric bimorph and a concentrated mass, is studied by the precise electric field method (PEFM), taking into account a distribution of the electric field over the thickness. Usually, using the equivalent electric field method (EEFM), the electric field is approximated as a constant value in the piezoelectric layer. Charge on the upper electrode (UEC) of the bimorph is often assumed as output charge. However, different output charge can be obtained by integrating on electric displacement over the electrode with different thickness coordinates. Therefore, an average charge (AC) on thickness is often assumed as the output value. This method is denoted EEFM AC. The flexural vibration of the bimorph is calculated by the three methods and their results are compared. Numerical results illustrate that EEFM UEC overestimates resonant frequency, output power, and efficiency. EEFM AC can accurately calculate the output power and efficiency, but underestimates resonant frequency. The performance of the harvester, which depends on concentrated mass weight, position, and circuit load, is analyzed using PEFM. The resonant frequency can be modulated 924 Hz by moving the concentrated mass along the bimorph. This feature suggests that the natural frequency of the harvester can be adjusted conveniently to adapt to frequency fluctuation of the ambient vibration.

  2. Verification of Beam Models for Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuator

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    Ai-hong Ji; Hoon Cheol Park; Quoc Viet Nguyen; Jang Woo Lee; Young Tai Yoo

    2009-01-01

    Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC) can work as an actuator by applying a few voltages. A thick IPMC actuator, where Nation-117 membrane was synthesized with polypyrrole/alumina composite tiller, was analyzed to verify the equivalent beam and equivalent bimorph beam models. The blocking force and tip displacement of the IPMC actuator were measured with a DC power supply and Young's modulus of the IPMC strip was measured by bending and tensile tests respectively. The calculated maximum tip displacement and the Young's modulus by the equivalent beam model were almost identical to the corresponding measured data. Finite element analysis with thermal analogy technique was utilized in the equivalent bimorph beam model to numerically reproduce the force-displacement relationship of the IPMC actuator. The results by the equivalent bimorph beam model agreed well with the force-displacement relationship acquired by the measured data. It is confirmed that the equivalent beam and equivalent bimorph beam models are practically and effectively suitable for predicting the tip displacement, blocking force and Young's modulus of IPMC actuators with different thickness and different composite of ionic polymer membrane.

  3. Advanced control techniques for post-buckled precompressed (PBP) flight control actuators

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    Groen, M.; Van Schravendijk, M.; Barrett, R.; Vos, R.

    2009-01-01

    The dynamic response of a new class of flight control actuators that rely on post-buckled recompressed (PBP) piezoelectric elements is investigated. While past research has proven that PBP actuators are capable of generating deflections three times higher than conventional bimorph actuators, this pa

  4. Modeling and characterization of multilayered d 15 mode piezoelectric energy harvesters in series and parallel connections

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    Zhu, Y. K.; Yu, Y. G.; Li, L.; Jiang, T.; Wang, X. Y.; Zheng, X. J.

    2016-07-01

    A Timoshenko beam model combined with piezoelectric constitutive equations and an electrical model was proposed to describe the energy harvesting performances of multilayered d 15 mode PZT-51 piezoelectric bimorphs in series and parallel connections. The effect of different clamped conditions was considered for non-piezoelectric and piezoelectric layers in the theoretical model. The frequency dependences of output peak voltage and power at different load resistances and excitation voltages were studied theoretically, and the results were verified by finite element modeling (FEM) simulation and experimental measurements. Results show that the theoretical model considering different clamped conditions for non-piezoelectric and piezoelectric layers could make a reliable prediction for the energy harvesting performances of multilayered d 15 mode piezoelectric bimorphs. The multilayered d 15 mode piezoelectric bimorph in a series connection exhibits a higher output peak voltage and power than that of a parallel connection at a load resistance of 1 MΩ. A criterion for choosing a series or parallel connection for a multilayered d 15 mode piezoelectric bimorph is dependent on the comparison of applied load resistance with the critical resistance of about 55 kΩ. The proposed model may provide some useful guidelines for the design and performance optimization of d 15 mode piezoelectric energy harvesters.

  5. Electromechanical modeling of a honeycomb core integrated vibration energy converter with increased specific power for energy harvesting applications

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    Chandrasekharan, Nataraj

    Innovation in integrated circuit technology along with improved manufacturing processes has resulted in considerable reduction in power consumption of electromechanical devices. Majority of these devices are currently powered by batteries. However, the issues posed by batteries, including the need for frequent battery recharge/replacement has resulted in a compelling need for alternate energy to achieve self-sufficient device operation or to supplement battery power. Vibration based energy harvesting methods through piezoelectric transduction provides with a promising potential towards replacing or supplementing battery power source. However, current piezoelectric energy harvesters generate low specific power (power-to-weight ratio) when compared to batteries that the harvesters seek to replace or supplement. In this study, the potential of integrating lightweight cellular honeycomb structures with existing piezoelectric device configurations (bimorph) to achieve higher specific power is investigated. It is shown in this study that at low excitation frequency ranges, replacing the solid continuous substrate of a conventional piezoelectric bimorph with honeycomb structures of the same material results in a significant increase in power-to-weight ratio of the piezoelectric harvester. In order to maximize the electrical response of vibration based power harvesters, the natural frequency of these harvesters is designed to match the input driving frequency. The commonly used technique of adding a tip mass is employed to lower the natural frequency (to match driving frequency) of both, solid and honeycomb substrate bimorphs. At higher excitation frequency, the natural frequency of the traditional solid substrate bimorph can only be altered (to match driving frequency) through a change in global geometric design parameters, typically achieved by increasing the thickness of the harvester. As a result, the size of the harvester is increased and can be disadvantageous

  6. Automated liquid operation method for microfluidic heterogeneous immunoassay.

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    Yi, Hui; Pan, Jian-Zhang; Shi, Xiao-Tong; Fang, Qun

    2013-02-15

    In this work, an automated liquid operation method for multistep heterogeneous immunoassay toward point of care testing (POCT) was proposed. A miniaturized peristaltic pump was developed to control the flow direction, flow time and flow rate in the microliter range according to a program. The peristaltic pump has the advantages of simple structure, small size, low cost, and easy to build and use. By coupling the peristaltic pump with an antibody-coated capillary and a reagent-preloaded cartridge, the complicated liquid handling operation for heterogeneous immunoassay, including sample metering and introduction, multistep reagent introduction and rinsing, could be triggered by an action and accomplished automatically in 12 min. The analytical performance of the present immunoassay system was demonstrated in the measurement of human IgG with fluorescence detection. A detection limit of 0.68 μg/mL IgG and a dynamic range of 2-300 μg/mL were obtained.

  7. Stimuli-responsive cylindrical hydrogels mimic intestinal peristalsis to propel a solid object.

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    Nistor, V; Cannell, J; Gregory, J; Yeghiazarian, L

    2016-04-21

    The emerging field of soft robotics relies on soft, stimuli-responsive materials to enable load transport, manipulation, and mobility in complex unconstrained environments. These materials often need to replicate biological functionality such as muscle contractions and flexibility. Here we demonstrate a soft actuator prototype based on thermosensitive PNIPAAM hydrogels that can transport and manipulate objects. A hollow cylindrical hydrogel was selectively heated and cooled with Peltier devices to yield a traveling wave of shrinking and swelling akin to intestinal peristalsis. A 4 mm diameter bead was placed inside the cylinder and propelled 19.5 mm, equal to distance traveled by the peristaltic wave. We derived conditions that enable peristaltic transport as a function of transporter-cargo design parameters. We conclude that hydrogel-based peristaltic manipulators covering 2 orders of magnitude in stiffness (1-10(2) kPa) could transport cargo spanning 4 orders of magnitude in size (μm-m).

  8. Physiological breakdown of Jeffrey six constant nanofluid flow in an endoscope with nonuniform wall

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    S. Nadeem

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyse the endoscopic effects of peristaltic nanofluid flow of Jeffrey six-constant fluid model in the presence of magnetohydrodynamics flow. The current problem is modeled in the cylindrical coordinate system and exact solutions are managed (where possible under low Reynolds number and long wave length approximation. The influence of emerging parameters on temperature and velocity profile are discussed graphically. The velocity equation is solved analytically by utilizing the homotopy perturbation technique strongly, while the exact solutions are computed from temperature equation. The obtained expressions for velocity , concentration and temperature is sketched during graphs and the collision of assorted parameters is evaluate for transform peristaltic waves. The solution depend on thermophoresis number Nt, local nanoparticles Grashof number Gr, and Brownian motion number Nb. The obtained expressions for the velocity, temperature, and nanoparticles concentration profiles are plotted and the impact of various physical parameters are investigated for different peristaltic waves.

  9. Tissue engineering for neuromuscular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

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    Kenneth L Koch; Khalil N Bitar; John E Fortunato

    2012-01-01

    The digestive tract is designed for the optimal processing of food that nourishes all organ systems.The esophagus,stomach,small bowel,and colon are sophisticated neuromuscular tubes with specialized sphincters that transport ingested food-stuffs from one region to another.Peristaltic contractions move ingested solids and liquids from the esophagus into the stomach; the stomach mixes the ingested nutrients into chyme and empties chyme from the stomach into the duodenum.The to-and-fro movement of the small bowel maximizes absorption of fat,protein,and carbohydrates.Peristaltic contractions are necessary for colon function and defecation.

  10. Inspiration of induced magnetic field on nano hyperbolic tangent fluid in a curved channel

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    Nadeem, S.; Shahzadi, Iqra

    2016-01-01

    In this research, peristaltic flow of nano hyperbolic tangent fluid is investigated in a curved channel. The model used for the nanofluid includes the effects of thermophoresis and Brownian motion. The resulting equations are assembled in wave frame of reference under the effects of curvature. Influence of induced magnetic field is studied. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number supposition are treated. The travelling wave front of peristaltic flow is chosen sinusoidal (extension /reduction). Analytical solutions are computed by homotopy perturbation method. Results of substantial quantities are explained with particular attention to rheological aspects.

  11. Inspiration of induced magnetic field on nano hyperbolic tangent fluid in a curved channel

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    S. Nadeem

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research, peristaltic flow of nano hyperbolic tangent fluid is investigated in a curved channel. The model used for the nanofluid includes the effects of thermophoresis and Brownian motion. The resulting equations are assembled in wave frame of reference under the effects of curvature. Influence of induced magnetic field is studied. Long wavelength and low Reynolds number supposition are treated. The travelling wave front of peristaltic flow is chosen sinusoidal (extension /reduction. Analytical solutions are computed by homotopy perturbation method. Results of substantial quantities are explained with particular attention to rheological aspects.

  12. High angular resolution slope measuring deflectometry for the characterization of ultra-precise reflective x-ray optics

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    Siewert, F.; Buchheim, J.; Höft, T.; Fiedler, S.; Bourenkov, G.; Cianci, M.; Signorato, R.

    2012-07-01

    Slope measuring deflectometry has become a standard technique for inspection of ultra-precise reflective optical elements of synchrotron applications. We will report on the inspection of ultra-precise adaptive synchrotron mirrors (bimorph mirrors) to be used under grazing incidence condition. The measurements were performed at the BESSY-II Optics Laboratory of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin using the nanometer optical component measuring machine (NOM). Based on the data obtained by the optical measurements, we in this paper simulate the characteristics of the achievable x-ray focus by ray tracing calculations, demonstrated in the case of bimorph mirrors of the EMBL MX1 beamline for macromolecular crystallography at DESY's synchrotron radiation source PETRA III in Hamburg.

  13. Millipede-inspired locomotion through novel U-shaped piezoelectric motors

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    Avirovik, Dragan; Butenhoff, Bryan; Priya, Shashank

    2014-03-01

    We report a novel piezoelectric motor that operates at a resonance frequency of 144 Hz, much lower than that of conventional ultrasonic motors, and meets the displacement and gait requirements for designing the locomotion mechanism of a millipede-inspired robot (millibot). The motor structure consists of two piezoelectric bimorphs arranged in a U-shaped configuration. Using the first bending mode for both the piezoelectric bimorphs an elliptical motion was obtained at the tip which led to the successful implementation of millipede inspired locomotion. At an input voltage of 70.7 Vrms, the piezoelectric motor operating at resonance frequency was able to generate torque of 0.03 mN m, mechanical power of 0.84 mW and maximum velocity of 62 rad s-1. Detailed discussion is provided about the principle of operation of the millibot.

  14. Generation-X mirror technology development plan and the development of adjustable x-ray optics

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    Reid, Paul B.; Davis, William; O'Dell, Stephen; Schwartz, Daniel A.; Tolier-McKinstry, Susan; Wilke, Rudeger H. T.; Zhang, William

    2009-08-01

    Generation-X is being studied as an extremely high resolution, very large area grazing incidence x-ray telescope. Under a NASA Advanced Mission Concepts Study, we have developed a technology plan designed to lead to the 0.1 arcsec (HPD) resolution adjustable optics with 50 square meters of effective area necessary to meet Generation-X requirements. We describe our plan in detail. In addition, we report on our development activities of adjustable grazing incidence optics via the fabrication of bimorph mirrors. We have successfully deposited thin-film piezo-electric material on the back surface of thin glass mirrors. We report on the electrical and mechanical properties of the bimorph mirrors. We also report on initial finite element modeling of adjustable grazing incidence mirrors; in particular, we examine the impact of how the mirrors are supported - the boundary conditions - on the deformations which can be achieved.

  15. Design and Simulation of Array of Rectangular Micro Cantilevers Piezoelectric Energy Harvester

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    Komal Kumari

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the design, analysis and simulation of MEMS based array of bimorph rectangular microcantilever piezoelectric energy harvester structure with and without tip mass, to analyze their sensitivity. The microcantilever beams are made up of piezoelectric material and Aluminium as a substrate material. The analytical simulation of design is done by FEM (COMSOL Multiphysics. The simulation results of bimorph cantilever structure, applied force of 0.1 N and obtained end displacement and electric potential developed are given. The analytical model of the cantilever beam will be analyzed and the process of its construction will be discussed. The changes in the sensitivity of a cantilever beam with respect to change in its shape for the same applied force of 0.1N are denoted.

  16. Modeling and Analysis of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester with Varying Cross-Sectional Area

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    Maiara Rosa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on the modeling and on the experimental verification of electromechanically coupled beams with varying cross-sectional area for piezoelectric energy harvesting. The governing equations are formulated using the Rayleigh-Ritz method and Euler-Bernoulli assumptions. A load resistance is considered in the electrical domain for the estimate of the electric power output of each geometric configuration. The model is first verified against the analytical results for a rectangular bimorph with tip mass reported in the literature. The experimental verification of the model is also reported for a tapered bimorph cantilever with tip mass. The effects of varying cross-sectional area and tip mass on the electromechanical behavior of piezoelectric energy harvesters are also discussed. An issue related to the estimation of the optimal load resistance (that gives the maximum power output on beam shape optimization problems is also discussed.

  17. Two-dimensional in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors using the speckle scanning technique

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    Wang, Hongchang, E-mail: hongchang.wang@diamond.ac.uk; Kashyap, Yogesh; Laundy, David; Sawhney, Kawal [Diamond Light Source Ltd, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)

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    The two-dimensional slope error of an X-ray mirror has been retrieved by employing the speckle scanning technique, which will be valuable at synchrotron radiation facilities and in astronomical telescopes. In situ metrology overcomes many of the limitations of existing metrology techniques and is capable of exceeding the performance of present-day optics. A novel technique for precisely characterizing an X-ray bimorph mirror and deducing its two-dimensional (2D) slope error map is presented. This technique has also been used to perform fast optimization of a bimorph mirror using the derived 2D piezo response functions. The measured focused beam size was significantly reduced after the optimization, and the slope error map was then verified by using geometrical optics to simulate the focused beam profile. This proposed technique is expected to be valuable for in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors at synchrotron radiation facilities and in astronomical telescopes.

  18. Torque for an Inertial Piezoelectric Rotary Motor

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    Jichun Xing

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available For a novel inertial piezoelectric rotary motor, the equation of the strain energy in the piezoceramic bimorph and the equations of the strain energy and the kinetic energy in the rotor are given. Based on them, the dynamic equation of the motor is obtained. Using these equations, the inertial driving torque of the motor is investigated. The results show that the impulsive driving torque changes with changing peak voltage of the excitation signal, the piezoelectric stress constant, the thickness of the piezoceramic bimorph, and the rotor radius obviously. Tests about the motor torque are completed which verifies the theory analysis here in. The results can be used to design the operating performance of the motor.

  19. Two-dimensional in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors using the speckle scanning technique.

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    Wang, Hongchang; Kashyap, Yogesh; Laundy, David; Sawhney, Kawal

    2015-07-01

    In situ metrology overcomes many of the limitations of existing metrology techniques and is capable of exceeding the performance of present-day optics. A novel technique for precisely characterizing an X-ray bimorph mirror and deducing its two-dimensional (2D) slope error map is presented. This technique has also been used to perform fast optimization of a bimorph mirror using the derived 2D piezo response functions. The measured focused beam size was significantly reduced after the optimization, and the slope error map was then verified by using geometrical optics to simulate the focused beam profile. This proposed technique is expected to be valuable for in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors at synchrotron radiation facilities and in astronomical telescopes.

  20. Advanced in situ metrology for x-ray beam shaping with super precision.

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    Wang, Hongchang; Sutter, John; Sawhney, Kawal

    2015-01-26

    We report a novel method for in situ metrology of an X-ray bimorph mirror by using the speckle scanning technique. Both the focusing beam and the "tophat" defocussed beam have been generated by optimizing the bimorph mirror in a single iteration. Importantly, we have demonstrated that the angular sensitivity for measuring the slope error of an optical surface can reach accuracy in the range of two nanoradians. When compared with conventional ex-situ metrology techniques, the method enables a substantial increase of around two orders of magnitude in the angular sensitivity and opens the way to a previously inaccessible region of slope error measurement. Such a super precision metrology technique will be beneficial for both the manufacture of polished mirrors and the optimization of beam shaping.

  1. Development of large aperture elements for active and adaptive optics

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    Stranakova E.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Large-aperture elements for laser active and adaptive optics are investigated in collaboration within IOP AcSci CR, FEng CTU and 5M. A bimorph deformable mirror for high-power lasers based on a lightweight structure with a composite core is currently in development. In order to realize a sufficiently large working aperture we are using new technologies for production of core, bimorph actuator and DM reflector. Detailed simulation of components and structure is validated by measurement and testing. A research of DM actuation and response of a complicated mirror structure needed for an accurate control of a deformation is performed. Testing of samples and subscale measurements are currently performed, measurement of a complete structure is in preparation.

  2. Piezoelectric Windmill: A Novel Solution to Remote Sensing

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    Priya, Shashank; Chen, Chih-Ta; Fye, Darren; Zahnd, Jeff

    2005-01-01

    This study demonstrates a technology, “Piezoelectric Windmill”, for generating the electrical power from wind energy. The electric power-generation from wind energy is based on piezoelectric effect and utilizes the bimorph actuators. Piezoelectric Windmill consists of piezoelectric actuators arranged along the circumference of the mill in the cantilever form. Using the camshaft gear mechanism an oscillating torque is generated through the flowing wind and applied on the actuators. A working prototype was fabricated utilizing 12 bimorphs (60 × 20 × 0.5 mm3) having a preload of 23.5 gm. Under a nominal torque level corresponding to normal wind flow and oscillating frequency of 6 Hz, a power of 10.2 mW was successfully measured across a load of 4.6 kΩ after rectification. Combined with the wireless transmission, this technology provides a practical solution to the remote powering of sensors and communication devices.

  3. Micro scanning probes

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    2001-01-01

    This thesis covers the design methodology, theory, modelling, fabrication and evaluation of a Micro-Scanning-Probe. The device is a thermally actuated bimorph quadrapod fabricated using Micro Electro Mechanical Systems technology. A quadrapod is a structure with four arms, in this case a planar structure with the four arms forming a cross which is dry etched out of a silicon diaphragm. Each arm has a layer of aluminium deposited on it forming a bimorph. Through heating each arm actuation is achieved in the plane of the quadrapod and the direction normal to it. Fabrication of the device has required the development of bulk micromachining techniques to handle post CMOS fabricated wafers and the patterning of thickly sputtered aluminium in bulk micro machined cavities. CMOS fabrication techniques were used to incorporate diodes onto the quadrapod arms for temperature measurement of the arms. Fine tungsten and silicon tips have also been fabricated to allow tunnelling between the tip and the platform at the centr...

  4. Reconfiguring photonic metamaterials with currents and magnetic fields

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    Valente, João, E-mail: jpv1f11@orc.soton.ac.uk; Ou, Jun-Yu; Plum, Eric, E-mail: erp@orc.soton.ac.uk [Optoelectronics Research Centre and Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Youngs, Ian J. [Physical Sciences Department, DSTL, Salisbury SP4 0JQ (United Kingdom); Zheludev, Nikolay I., E-mail: niz@orc.soton.ac.uk [Optoelectronics Research Centre and Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637378 (Singapore)

    2015-03-16

    We demonstrate that spatial arrangement and optical properties of metamaterial nanostructures can be controlled dynamically using currents and magnetic fields. Mechanical deformation of metamaterial arrays is driven by both resistive heating of bimorph nanostructures and the Lorentz force that acts on charges moving in a magnetic field. With electrically controlled transmission changes of up to 50% at sub-mW power levels, our approaches offer high contrast solutions for dynamic control of metamaterial functionalities in optoelectronic devices.

  5. High Performance Piezoelectric Actuators and Wings for Nano Air Vehicles

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    2012-08-26

    beam bending actuators[88] cite Ballas’s book too. Unimorph. bimorph, and multilayer beam bending actuators have been studied extensively. Models of the...Scalable Design of Flapping Micro-Air Vehicles Inspired by Insect Flight, Springer - Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540...RSJ International Conference on, IEEE, pp. 1107–1114. [39] Dudley, R. (2002) The biomechanics of insect flight: form, function, evo- lution

  6. Layerwise Analysis of Thermal Shape Control in Graded Piezoelectric Beams

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    Lee, Ho-Jun

    2003-01-01

    A layerwise finite element formulation developed for piezoelectric materials is used to investigate the displacement and stress response of a functionally graded piezoelectric bimorph actuator. The formulation is based on the principles of linear thermopiezoelectricity and accounts for the coupled mechanical, electrical, and thermal response of piezoelectric materials. The layerwise laminate theory is implemented into a linear beam element in order to provide a more accurate representation of the transverse and shear effects that are induced by increased inhomogeneities introduced through-the-thickness by using functionally graded materials. The accuracy of the formulation is verified with previously published experimental results for a piezoelectric bimorph actuator. Additional studies are conducted to analyze the impact of electric and thermal loads on the deflections and stresses in a bimorph actuator. Results of the study help demonstrate the capability of the layerwise theory to provide a more complete representation of shear effects that are no longer negligible even in thin piezoelectric beams. In addition, the effects of varying piezoelectric properties through-the-thickness of the beam are shown to provide additional benefits in minimizing the induced deformations and stresses.

  7. The pizzicato knee-joint energy harvester: characterization with biomechanical data and the effect of backpack load

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    Pozzi, Michele; Aung, Min S. H.; Zhu, Meiling; Jones, Richard K.; Goulermas, John Y.

    2012-07-01

    The reduced power requirements of miniaturized electronics offer the opportunity to create devices which rely on energy harvesters for their power supply. In the case of wearable devices, human-based piezoelectric energy harvesting is particularly difficult due to the mismatch between the low frequency of human activities and the high-frequency requirements of piezoelectric transducers. We propose a piezoelectric energy harvester, to be worn on the knee-joint, that relies on the plucking technique to achieve frequency up-conversion. During a plucking action, a piezoelectric bimorph is deflected by a plectrum; when released due to loss of contact, the bimorph is free to vibrate at its resonant frequency, generating electrical energy with the highest efficiency. A prototype, featuring four PZT-5H bimorphs, was built and is here studied in a knee simulator which reproduces the gait of a human subject. Biomechanical data were collected with a marker-based motion capture system while the subject was carrying a selection of backpack loads. The paper focuses on the energy generation of the harvester and how this is affected by the backpack load. By altering the gait, the backpack load has a measurable effect on performance: at the highest load of 24 kg, a minor reduction in energy generation (7%) was observed and the output power is reduced by 10%. Both are so moderate to be practically unimportant. The average power output of the prototype is 2.06 ± 0.3 mW, which can increase significantly with further optimization.

  8. Electrothermal Actuators for SiO2 Photonic MEMS

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    Tjitte-Jelte Peters

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the design, fabrication and characterization of electrothermal bimorph actuators consisting of polysilicon on top of thick (>10 μ m silicon dioxide beams. This material platform enables the integration of actuators with photonic waveguides, producing mechanically-flexible photonic waveguide structures that are positionable. These structures are explored as part of a novel concept for highly automated, sub-micrometer precision chip-to-chip alignment. In order to prevent residual stress-induced fracturing that is associated with the release of thick oxide structures from a silicon substrate, a special reinforcement method is applied to create suspended silicon dioxide beam structures. The characterization includes measurements of the post-release deformation (i.e., without actuation, as well as the deflection resulting from quasi-static and dynamic actuation. The post-release deformation reveals a curvature, resulting in the free ends of 800 μ m long silicon dioxide beams with 5 μ m-thick polysilicon to be situated approximately 80 μ m above the chip surface. Bimorph actuators that are 800 μ m in length produce an out-of-plane deflection of approximately 11 μ m at 60 mW dissipated power, corresponding to an estimated 240 ∘ C actuator temperature. The delivered actuation force of the 800 μ m-long bimorph actuators having 5 μ m-thick polysilicon is calculated to be approximately 750 μN at 120 mW .

  9. The first self-sustainable microbial fuel cell stack.

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    Ledezma, Pablo; Stinchcombe, Andrew; Greenman, John; Ieropoulos, Ioannis

    2013-02-21

    This study reports for the first time on the development of a self-sustainable microbial fuel cell stack capable of self-maintenance (feeding, hydration, sensing & reporting). Furthermore, the stack system is producing excess energy, which can be used for improved functionality. The self-maintenance is performed by the stack powering single and multi-channel peristaltic pumps.

  10. Application of a dynamic in vitro gastrointestinal tract model to study the availability of food mutagens, using heterocyclic aromatic amines as model compounds

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    Krul, C.A.M.; Luiten-Schuite, A.; Baan, R.; Verhagen, H.; Mohn, G.; Feron, V.; Havenaar, R.

    2000-01-01

    The TNO gastro-Intestinal tract Model (TIM) is a dynamic computer-controlled in vitro system that mimics the human physiological conditions in the stomach and small intestine. In the current TIM physiological parameters such as pH, temperature, peristaltic movements, secretion of digestion enzymes,

  11. A framework for the correction of slow physiological drifts during MR-guided HIFU therapies : Proof of concept

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    Zachiu, Cornel; de Senneville, Baudouin Denis; Moonen, Chrit; Ries, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: While respiratory motion compensation for magnetic resonance (MR)-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) interventions has been extensively studied, the influence of slow physiological motion due to, for example, peristaltic activity, has so far been largely neglected. During lengt

  12. Myoelectric activity of the stomach : gastroelectromyography and electrogastrography

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    A.J.P.M. Smout

    1980-01-01

    textabstractThe musculature of the distal two-thirds of the stomach generates electrical signals that are related, in a complex manner, to the (peristaltic) contractions of these muscles. These electrical signals originate in ion shifts from the intracellular to the extracellular space and vice-vers

  13. A System Approach to Navy Medical Education and Training. Appendix 29. Competency Curriculum for Advanced General Duty Corpsman.

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    kidneys, spleen , bladder for: dullness, distension, shifting dullness Auscultation for: peristaltic sounds, bruits Palpation of liver, spleen , kidneys for...venipuncture sites Proper preservation procedures, e.g., immediate cooling for ammonia or acid phosphatase Principles and use of anticoagulants Use of

  14. Bioreactor process monitoring using an automated microfluidic platform for cell-based assays

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    Rodrigues de Sousa Nunes, Pedro André; Kjaerulff, S.; Dufva, Martin

    2015-01-01

    We report on a novel microfluidic system designed to monitor in real-time the concentration of live and dead cells in industrial cell production. Custom-made stepper motor actuated peristaltic pumps and valves, fluidic interconnections, sample-to-waste liquid management and image cytometry...

  15. 40 CFR Appendix A to Part 136 - Methods for Organic Chemical Analysis of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater

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    2010-07-01

    ... during compositing. If the sampler uses a peristaltic pump, a minimum length of compressible silicone....5Snyder column, Kuderna-Danish—Two-ball micro (Kontes K-569001-0219 or equivalent). 5.2.6Vials—10 to 15-mL... each fraction and attach a two-ball micro-Snyder column. Prewet the Snyder column by adding about 0.5...

  16. Real-time direct cell concentration and viability determination using a fully automated microfluidic platform for standalone process monitoring

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    Rodrigues de Sousa Nunes, Pedro André; Kjaerulff, S.; Dufva, Martin

    2015-01-01

    , and determining the total cell and dead cells concentrations, within a time frame of 10.3 min. The platform consists of custom made stepper motor actuated peristaltic pumps and valves, fluidic interconnections, sample to waste liquid management and image cytometry-based detection. The total concentration of cells...

  17. Biomechanics of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Health and Disease

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    Zhao, Jingbo; Liao, Donghua; Gregersen, Hans

    2010-01-01

    . The biomechanical properties are crucial for GI motor function because peristaltic motion that propels the food through the GI tract is a result of interaction of the passive and active tissue forces and the hydrodynamic forces in the food bolus and remodeling of the mechanical properties reflects the changes...

  18. MR urography (MRU of non-dilated ureter with diuretic administration: Static fluid 2D FSE T2-weighted versus 3D gadolinium T1-weighted GE excretory MR

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    C. Roy

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: T2-weighted MRU with multiple orientations and diuretic is sufficient to identify the non-dilated ureter. It offers information on ureteral peristaltism. It can be suggested that this sequence is able to detect an initial obstruction before hydronephrosis occurs.

  19. Gastric pH distribution and mixing of soft and rigid food particles in the stomach using a dual-marker technique

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    Mixing of a particle-laden material during peristaltic flow in the stomach has not been quantified in vivo. Gastric mixing plays a key role in the overall gastric digestion process; it determines the availability of acid and enzymes to individual solid food particles and controls the length of time ...

  20. Protein interactions at the heart of cardiac chamber formation

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    C.J.J. Boogerd; A.F.M. Moorman; P. Barnett

    2009-01-01

    The vertebrate heart is a muscular pump that contracts in a rhythmic fashion to propel the blood through the body. During evolution, the morphologically complex four-chambered heart of birds and mammals has evolved from a single-layered tube with peristaltic contractility. The heart of Drosophila, r

  1. Pharmacologic Agents for Chronic Diarrhea

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    Lee, Kwang Jae

    2015-01-01

    Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with a number of non-infectious causes. When definitive treatment is unavailable, symptomatic drug therapy is indicated. Pharmacologic agents for chronic diarrhea include loperamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, diosmectite, cholestyramine, probiotics, antispasmodics, rifaximin, and anti-inflammatory agents. Loperamide, a synthetic opiate agonist, decreases peristaltic activity and inhibits secretion, resulting in the reductio...

  2. The research on piezoelectric cantilever oscillator generator performance%悬臂梁双压电晶片振子发电性能研究

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    姜德龙; 程光明; 曾平; 庞建志

    2011-01-01

    The bimorph oscillator is investigated,in the piezoelectric effect voltage output character of bimorph oscillator based on cantilever beam was studied by the finite element analysis and experimental.The best position of piezoelectric oscillator pasted on the cantilever was given,the finite element model of was established by using of finite element analysis software ,the impact of the structure and size parameters on the piezoelectric cantilever oscillator voltage output effects was simulated,Relative experimental tests were carried out using test system of piezoelectric ceramic generating capacity,by comparison of simulation and test results ,the structure and size parameters on the impact of bimorph oscillator cantilever voltage output effects was obtained.%以双压电晶片振子为研究对象,对悬臂梁式双压电晶片振子在正压电效应下电压输出特性进行了有限元分析与试验研究,给出了压电晶片在悬臂梁上的最佳粘贴位置,并且利用有限元分析软件建立了悬臂梁双压电晶片振子的有限元模型,进行了结构尺寸参数对悬臂梁双压电晶片振子输出电压影响规律的仿真分析;利用压电陶瓷发电能力测试系统进行了试验测试,通过仿真和试验结果对比分析,得出了结构尺寸参数对悬臂梁双压电晶片振子发电的输出电压影响规律.

  3. The role of prostaglandines in peristalsis of the human colon.

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    Bruch, H P; Schmidt, E; Laven, R; Kehrer, G; Wasner, K H

    1978-08-01

    Prostaglandines (PG) of the E and F series cause peristaltic activity in isolated longitudinal muscle strips of the human colon. As this phasic motor reaction can be varied by acetyl choline and adrenaline it was supposed, that prostaglandines contribute to peristalsis. The role of PG E and F in the human colon was studied by inhibiting the prostaglandine synthesis and by antagonizing the prostaglandine-effects. Indomethacin proved to be a suitable inhibitor. HR 546 was found a powerful antagonist. The effect of Pentagastrin and Cholecystokinin (CCK) on peristaltic activity were suppressed by Indomethacin and HR 546. The inhibition of peristalsis by Indomethacin and HR 546 was removed by high doses of PG E and F. On the basis of these results the role of PG for the motility of the gut is discussed.

  4. Effect of mixing on reaction-diffusion kinetics for protein hydrogel-based microchips.

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    Zubtsov, D A; Ivanov, S M; Rubina, A Yu; Dementieva, E I; Chechetkin, V R; Zasedatelev, A S

    2006-03-09

    Protein hydrogel-based microchips are being developed for high-throughput evaluation of the concentrations and activities of various proteins. To shorten the time of analysis, the reaction-diffusion kinetics on gel microchips should be accelerated. Here we present the results of the experimental and theoretical analysis of the reaction-diffusion kinetics enforced by mixing with peristaltic pump. The experiments were carried out on gel-based protein microchips with immobilized antibodies under the conditions utilized for on-chip immunoassay. The dependence of fluorescence signals at saturation and corresponding saturation times on the concentrations of immobilized antibodies and antigen in solution proved to be in good agreement with theoretical predictions. It is shown that the enhancement of transport with peristaltic pump results in more than five-fold acceleration of binding kinetics. Our results suggest useful criteria for the optimal conditions for assays on gel microchips to balance high sensitivity and rapid fluorescence saturation kinetics.

  5. Deformation Analysis of a Pneumatically-Activated Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS Membrane and Potential Micro-Pump Applications

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    Chi-Han Chiou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a double-side diaphragm peristaltic pump for efficient medium transport without the unwanted backflow and the lagging effect of a diaphragm. A theoretical model was derived to predict the important parameter of the micropump, i.e., the motion of the valves at large deformations, for a variety of air pressures. Accordingly, we proposed an easy and robust design to fabricate a Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS-based micropump. The theoretical model agrees with a numerical model and experimental data for the deformations of the PDMS membrane. Furthermore, variations of the generated flow rate, including pneumatic frequencies, actuated air pressures, and operation modes were evaluated experimentally for the proposed micropumps. In future, the theoretical equation could provide the optimal parameters for the scientists working on the fabrication of the diaphragm peristaltic pump for applications of cell-culture.

  6. A smart microfour-point probe with ultrasharp in-plane tips.

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    Kim, Ji-Kwan; Zhang, Yan; Lee, Dong-Weon

    2009-04-01

    We propose a smart microfour-point probe (micro4PP) with ultrasharp in-plane tips that are arranged in a square with a spacing of 20 microm. The micro4PP consists of a supporting cantilever and four subcantilevers. The subcantilevers are symmetrically suspended from the square frame at the end of the supporting cantilever. A thermal actuator based on the bimorph effect is also integrated on each subcantilever for functionalization of interest. The unique configuration of the four-terminal tips is very useful for versatile applications of the micro4PP.

  7. A versatile multi-user polyimide surface micromachinning process for MEMS applications

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    Carreno, Armando Arpys Arevalo

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports a versatile multi-user micro-fabrication process for MEMS devices, the \\'Polyimide MEMS Multi-User Process\\' (PiMMPs). The reported process uses polyimide as the structural material and three separate metallization layers that can be interconnected depending on the desired application. This process enables for the first time the development of out-of-plane compliant mechanisms that can be designed using six different physical principles for actuation and sensing on a wafer from a single fabrication run. These principles are electrostatic motion, thermal bimorph actuation, capacitive sensing, magnetic sensing, thermocouple-based sensing and radio frequency transmission and reception. © 2015 IEEE.

  8. Wide aperture piezoceramic deformable mirrors for aberration correction in high-power lasers

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    Vadim Samarkin; Alexander Alexandrov; Gilles Borsoni; Takahisa Jitsuno; Pavel Romanov; Aleksei Rukosuev; Alexis Kudryashov

    2016-01-01

    The deformable mirror with the size of 410 mmstacks was developed. The results ×468 mm controlled by the bimorph piezoceramic plates and multilayer piezoceramic of the measurements of the response functions of all the actuators and of the surface shape of the deformable mirror are presented in this paper. The study of the mirror with a Fizeau interferometer and a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor has shown that it was possible to improve the flatness of the surface down to a residual roughness of 0.033 μm(RMS). The possibility of correction of the aberrations in high-power lasers was numerically demonstrated.

  9. Static shape control of a flat shell structure

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    2006-01-01

    The eight-node and forty-DOF piezoelectric shell element were applied to shape control of a flat shell structure. By the direct and converse effects, a distributed piezoelectric sensor layer was used to monitor the shape deformation and a distributed actuator layer was used to suppresse the deflection. A finite element model was for static response of laminated shell with piezoelectric sensors/actuators was derived. The model was verified by calculating piezoelectric polymeric PVDF bimorph beam. The results are in good agreement with those obtained by theoretical analysis of Tzou[1] and Hwang[2]. A case study of the static shape control of a flat shell structure is presented.

  10. 惯性冲击驱动管内移动机器人设计%A piezoelectric in-pipe micro robot actuated by impact drive mechanism

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    刘品宽; 温志杰; 李锦

    2008-01-01

    A piezoelectric in-pipe micro robot with bimorph structure and actuated by the Impact Drive Mechanism(IDM)theory is presented in this paper.The basic structure of this actuator is composed of two piezoelectric bimorph sheets and an inertia mass connected in series.While operating,the deflection of the two piezoelectric bimorph sheets is translated into linear movement by the IDM to complete the system actuation.AS the essence of the IDM theory,the relationship between the inertia impact force generated by the deflection of the bimorph sheets and the friction between moving body and pipe inwall is analyzed theoretically.Then,the dynamic performance of the system is simulated both by MATLAB and by ANSYS.The results show that the step displacement could be minified to 0.15μm,and the proposed actuator is higher accurate and higher efficient for medical and industrial applications.%设计了一种以压电双层膜为基本结构,通过惯性冲击原理达到运动驱动目的的管内移动机器人.该机器人主要由一个典型的压电双层膜结构和惯性质量串联构成.工作时,压电双层膜的变形由惯性冲击转化为整体结构的直线位移.从理论上分析了惯性冲击原理的核心问题:惯性冲击力与管壁和机器人之间摩擦力的关系,并通过MATLAB和AN-SYS等软件对整个系统的动态响应做了仿真.相关的验证表明,所设计的管内移动机器人运动步长可以达到0.15μm,具有精密运动和高效率的优点,可以在工业中广泛应用.

  11. Development of a Lightweight Segmented Deformable Mirror for High-Order Wavefront Control

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    Bastaits, R.; Alaluf, D.; Horodinca, M.; Romanescu, I.; Burda, I.; Martic, G.; Preumont, A.

    2014-06-01

    This paper discusses a concept of light weight segmented bimorph mirror for adaptive optics. The first part of the paper discusses the morphing strategy and addresses the ill-conditioning of the Jacobian of the segments which are partly outside the optical pupil. A comparison of various configurations of segmented mirrors is conducted; it is shown that segmentation increases sharply the natural frequency of the system with a limited deterioration of the image quality. The second part of the paper discusses a few technological aspects of the segment design which are critical for space applications, describes a single segment demonstrator and reports on open loop shape control experimental results.

  12. Tunable optical lens array using viscoelastic material and acoustic radiation force

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    Koyama, Daisuke, E-mail: dkoyama@mail.doshisha.ac.jp; Kashihara, Yuta; Matsukawa, Mami [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tataramiyakodani, Kyotanabe 610-0321 (Japan); Wave Electronics Research Center, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tataramiyakodani, Kyotanabe 610-0321 (Japan); Hatanaka, Megumi [Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tataramiyakodani, Kyotanabe 610-0321 (Japan); Wave Electronics Research Center, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tataramiyakodani, Kyotanabe 610-0321 (Japan); Nakamura, Kentaro [Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-R2-26, Nagatsutacho, Midoriku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan)

    2015-10-28

    A movable optical lens array that uses acoustic radiation force was investigated. The lens array consists of a glass plate, two piezoelectric bimorph transducers, and a transparent viscoelastic gel film. A cylindrical lens array with a lens pitch of 4.6 mm was fabricated using the acoustic radiation force generated by the flexural vibration of the glass plate. The focal point and the positioning of the lenses can be changed using the input voltage and the driving phase difference between the two transducers, respectively.

  13. Novel Robotic Tools for Piping Inspection and Repair

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    2015-01-14

    motion. This in-pipe motion is accomplished by the use of inflatable pneumatic annular grippers in concert with a novel flexible pneumatic linear ...actuator capable. This linear actuator is capable of actuation while bent to conform to the contours of a piping system. The flexible linear actuator...robotic tool is based on pneumatically actuated peristaltic motion. This in-pipe motion is accomplished by the use of inflatable pneumatic annular

  14. The mixing of solid propellant by an artificial muscle actuator

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    岩崎, 祥大; 伴, 遼介; 吉浜, 舜; 中村, 太郎; 羽生, 宏人; Iwasaki, Akihiro; Ban, Ryosuke; Yoshihama, Shun; Nakamura, Taro; Habu, Hiroto

    2015-01-01

    This research aims to reduce the cost of the solid rocket motor production, mainly solid propellant. The production process of the solid rocket propellant are usually employed the multi-batch mixing. However, this study using a peristaltic pump as a mixer will lead to the continuous process. The pump system can mix the powder materials for propellant and we consider that it will make the slurry of the solid propellant efficiently by the mechanism of the fluid dynamics in the pump.

  15. Efficient Atomization and Combustion of Emulsified Crude Oil

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    2014-09-18

    data acquisition system. The venturis and regulators are mounted on the side and the peristaltic pump is at the bottom of the rack...liquid flows out of the first orifice , the air cross streams o fragment the liquid surface and then entrain and carry the atomized liquid out of the...been used with jet fuel and crude oil in commercial spray burner applications [3,6], but the pressure drop across the nozzle orifice resulted in an

  16. Effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal body contraction

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    Koichi; Yoshida; Kenji; Furuta; Kyoichi; Adachi; Shunji; Ohara; Terumi; Morita; Takashi; Tanimura; Shuji; Nakata; Masaharu; Miki; Kenji; Koshino; Yoshikazu; Kinoshita

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To clarify the effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal contraction and determine their possi-ble relationship with gastro-esophageal reflux disease.METHODS:Thirteen healthy male volunteers were enrolled. Esophageal body peristaltic contractions and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure were measured using high resolution manometry. All subjects were randomly examined on four separate occasions following administrations of nifedipine,losartan,and atenolol,as well as without any drug administ...

  17. Convective Heat Transfer Analysis on Prandtl Fluid Model with Peristalsis

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD on peristaltic transport of Prandtl fluid in a symmetric channel have been studied under the assumptions of long wave length and low-Reynolds number. Channel walls are considered compliant in nature. Series solutions of axial velocity, stream function and temperature are given by using regular perturbation technique for small values of Prandtl fluid parameter. The effects of physical parameters on the velocity, streamlines and temperature are examined by plotting graphs.

  18. Diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders: esophageal pressure topography vs. conventional line tracing

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    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Enhanced characterization of esophageal peristaltic and sphincter function provided by esophageal pressure topography (EPT) offers a potential diagnostic advantage over conventional line tracings (CLT). However, high-resolution manometry (HRM) and EPT require increased equipment costs over conventional systems and evidence demonstrating a significant diagnostic advantage of EPT over CLT is limited. Our aim was to investigate whether the inter-rater agreement and/or accuracy of eso...

  19. Detection of Bioaerosols using Single Particle Thermal Emission Spectroscopy

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    2013-03-01

    droplets was accomplished by using a peristaltic pump to inject a set flow-rate of liquid mineral oil into a heated hypodermic needle . Heated mineral...heated to temperatures in excess of a 100 °C. Prevailing theory suggests a strong link between thermal emission and absorption spectra for bulk...iv 1. Background 1 2. Theory 1 3. Experiment 5 4. Results 13 5. Conclusion 16 6. References 18 List of Symbols, Abbreviations, and Acronyms 20

  20. A Fully Automated Sequential-Injection Analyser for Dual Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence/Amperometric Detection

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    Economou, Anastasios; Nika, Maria

    2006-01-01

    This work describes the development of a dedicated, fully automated sequential-injection analysis (SIA) apparatus suitable for simultaneous electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) and amperometric detection. The instrument is composed of a peristaltic pump, a multiposition selection valve, a home-made potentiostat, a thin-layer electrochemical/optical flow-through cell, and a light detector. Control of the experimental sequence and simultaneous data acquisition of the light and the current i...

  1. Endoscopic Effects with Entropy Generation Analysis in Peristalsis for the Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluid

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The peristaltic flow of a copper water fluid investigate the effects of entropy and magnetic field in an endoscope is studied. The mathematical formulation is presented, the resulting equations are solved exactly. The obtained expressions for pressure gradient, pressure rise, temperature, velocity phenomenon entropy generation number and Bejan number are described through graphs for various pertinent parameters. The streamlines are drawn for some physical quantities to discuss the trapping phenomenon.

  2. Animal Models of Jet Lag

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    2012-01-20

    surgically inserted into the pineal gland and connected to a peristaltic pump that delivers saline solution at low rate and to a outlet tubing that delivers...Journal of Pineal Research. 48(3):290- 6,2010. 2. "Orcadian Regulation of Pineal Gland Rhythmicity", Jimo Borjigin, L. Samantha Zhang, Anda-Alexandra...specializes in the longitudinal monitoring of pineal melatonin secretion for weeks at a time to decipher mechanisms of circadian pacemaker entrainment

  3. Variable properties of MHD third order fluid with peristalsis

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    Latif, T.; Alvi, N.; Hussain, Q.; Asghar, S.

    This article addresses the impact of temperature dependent variable properties on peristaltic flow of third order fluid in a symmetric channel. The MHD fluid and viscous dissipation effects are taken into account. Assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number are employed to model the problem. The governing nonlinear coupled equations are solved using perturbation method. Approximate solutions are obtained for the stream function, temperature and pressure gradient. The results are graphically analyzed with respect to various pertinent parameters.

  4. Interstitial cells of Cajal, the Maestro in health and disease

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    Randa; M; Mostafa; Yasser; M; Moustafa; Hosam; Hamdy

    2010-01-01

    Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) are important players in the symphony of gut motility. They have a very signif icant physiological role orchestrating the normal peristaltic activity of the digestive system. They are the pacemaker cells in gastrointestinal (GI) muscles. Absence, reduction in number or altered integrity of the ICC network may have a dramatic effect on GI system motility. More understanding of ICC physiology will foster advances in physiology of gut motility which will help in a future break...

  5. Remedial Investigation Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Volume 3. Appendices G Through J

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    1991-01-01

    UNITS OpH PAPER i7, TURBID SPECFIC ONDUTIVIY urbas /m DOR PUMP RATE, GPM _______"_L__OTHER (SEE NOTES) EQUIPMEN’T DOCUMENTATION PERISTALTIC PUMP ISCO...12.000 -0.006 Q ~-w (n_ _ V)__ _- 6 000 0) 0) 0D 0 0 C? 9 C) (D WELL SPN-8&-:IC WELL 2I.AME.v.3125F, 92R..M LENGT0: !V, BORI , VAME:-1 .... TEST I ?•lE3 2

  6. Soft-robotic esophageal swallowing as a clinically-inspired bolus rheometry technique

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    Dirven, Steven; Allen, Jacqueline; (Peter Xu, Weiliang; Cheng, Leo K.

    2017-03-01

    To investigate the impact of viscosity and peristaltic transport parameters on manometric pressure signatures, a reproducible swallowing process is required. Due to inter- and intra-subject variability from swallow to swallow, the human body does not represent an optimal mechanism for such an investigation. A smooth and continuous swallowing soft-robot has been developed to produce biomimetic swallowing trajectories, and is proposed to operate as a bench-top bolus rheometric investigation method. The method compares conventional viscometry and pressure signature findings from robotic swallowing experiments. The robotic aspect of experimentation involved 450 biomimetic swallows (10 repetitions of 45 unique experiments). The method examined swallowing transport in three dimensions: bolus formulation, peristaltic wavelength, and peristaltic velocity, each of which are known to contribute to safe and effective swallowing in vivo. It is found that the pressure gradients and magnitudes are commensurate with clinical reports on biological swallowing, on the order of 100 mmHg peak, however, the relationship between viscosity and pressure signatures is less clear. Bolus transport cannot be predicted as a function of bolus viscosity alone. Traditional viscometric data at 50 s-1, as used in clinical practice, may not be a strong indicator of swallow effort, safety, or efficacy in vivo.

  7. Function of longitudinal vs circular muscle fibers in esophageal peristalsis, deduced with mathematical modeling

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    James G Brasseur; Mark A Nicosia; Anupam Pal; Larr S Miller

    2007-01-01

    We summarize from previous works the functions of circular vs. longitudinal muscle in esophageal peristaltic bolus transport using a mix of experimental data, the conservation laws of mechanics and mathematical modeling. Whereas circular muscle tone generates radial closure pressure to create a local peristaltic closure wave, longitudinal muscle tone has two functions, one physiological with mechanical implications, and one purely mechanical. Each of these functions independently reduces the tension of individual circular muscle fibers to maintain closure as a consequence of shortening of longitudinal muscle locally coordinated with increasing circular muscle tone. The physiological function is deduced by combining basic laws of mechanics with concurrent measurements of intraluminal pressure from manometry, and changes in cross sectional muscle area from endoluminal ultrasound from which local longitudinal shortening (LLS) can be accurately obtained. The purely mechanical function of LLS was discovered from mathematical modeling of peristaltic esophageal transport with the axial wall motion generated by LLS. Physiologically, LLS concentrates circular muscle fibers where closure pressure is highest.However, the mechanical function of LLS is to reduce the level of pressure required to maintain closure. The combined physiological and mechanical consequences of LLS are to reduce circular muscle fiber tension and power by as much as 1/10 what would be required for peristalsis without the longitudinal muscle layer, a tremendous benefit that may explain the existence of longitudinal muscle fiber in the gut. We also review what is understood of the role of longitudinal muscle in esophageal emptying, reflux and pathology.

  8. Finite element simulation of food transport through the esophageal body

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    Wei Yang; Tat Ching Fung; Kerm Sim Chian; Chuh Khiun Chong

    2007-01-01

    The peristaltic transport of swallowed material in the esophagus is a neuro-muscular function involving the nerve control, bolus-structure interaction, and structuremechanics relationship of the tissue. In this study, a finite element model (FEM) was developed to simulate food transport through the esophagus. The FEM consists of three components, i.e., tissue, food bolus and peristaltic wave, as well as the interactions between them. The transport process was simulated as three stages, i.e., the filling of fluid, contraction of circular muscle and traveling of peristaltic wave. It was found that the maximal passive intraluminal pressure due to bolus expansion was in the range of 0.8-10 kPa and it increased with bolus volume and fluid viscosity. It was found that the highest normal and shear stresses were at the inner surface of muscle layer. In addition, the peak pressure required for the fluid flow was predicted to be 1-15 kPa at the bolus tail. The diseases of systemic sclerosis or osteogenesis imperfecta, with the remodeled microstructures and mechanical properties, might induce the malfunction of esophageal transport. In conclusion, the current simulation was demonstrated to be able to capture the main characteristics in the intraluminal pressure and bolus geometry as measured experimentally. Therefore,the finite element model established in this study could be used to further explore the mechanism of esophageal transport in various clinical applications.

  9. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting in Internal Fluid Flow

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    Hyeong Jae Lee

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We consider piezoelectric flow energy harvesting in an internal flow environment with the ultimate goal powering systems such as sensors in deep oil well applications. Fluid motion is coupled to structural vibration via a cantilever beam placed in a converging-diverging flow channel. Two designs were considered for the electromechanical coupling: first; the cantilever itself is a piezoelectric bimorph; second; the cantilever is mounted on a pair of flextensional actuators. We experimentally investigated varying the geometry of the flow passage and the flow rate. Experimental results revealed that the power generated from both designs was similar; producing as much as 20 mW at a flow rate of 20 L/min. The bimorph designs were prone to failure at the extremes of flow rates tested. Finite element analysis (FEA showed fatigue failure was imminent due to stress concentrations near the bimorph’s clamped region; and that robustness could be improved with a stepped-joint mounting design. A similar FEA model showed the flextensional-based harvester had a resonant frequency of around 375 Hz and an electromechanical coupling of 0.23 between the cantilever and flextensional actuators in a vacuum. These values; along with the power levels demonstrated; are significant steps toward building a system design that can eventually deliver power in the Watts range to devices down within a well.

  10. Structure–performance relationships for cantilever-type piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Cho, Kyung-Hoon, E-mail: kh97.cho@samsung.com, E-mail: spriya@vt.edu; Park, Hwi-Yeol; Heo, Jin S. [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics, Yongin 446-712 (Korea, Republic of); Priya, Shashank, E-mail: kh97.cho@samsung.com, E-mail: spriya@vt.edu [Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS), Virginia Tech, Virginia 24061 (United States)

    2014-05-28

    This study provides comprehensive analysis of the structure–performance relationships in cantilever-type piezoelectric energy harvesters. It provides full understanding of the effect of all the practical global control variables on the harvester performance. The control variables considered for the analysis were material parameters, areal and volumetric dimensions, and configuration of the inactive and active layers. Experimentally, the output power density of the harvester was maximum when the shape of the beam was close to a square for a constant bending stiffness and a fixed beam area. Through analytical modeling of the effective stiffness for the piezoelectric bimorph, the conditions for enhancing the bending stiffness within the same beam volume as that of a conventional bimorph were identified. The harvester configuration with beam aspect ratio of 0.86 utilizing distributed inactive layers exhibited an giant output power of 52.5 mW and power density of 28.5 mW cm{sup −3} at 30 Hz under 6.9 m s{sup −2} excitation. The analysis further indicates that the trend in the output power with varying damping ratio is dissimilar to that of the efficiency. In order to realize best performance, the harvester should be designed with respect to maximizing the magnitude of output power.

  11. Development of adjustable grazing incidence optics for Generation-X

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    Reid, Paul B.; Murray, Stephen S.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Freeman, Mark; Juda, Michael; Podgorski, William; Ramsey, Brian; Schwartz, Daniel

    2008-07-01

    For X-ray astronomy, 0.1 arc-second imaging resolution will result in a significant advance in our understanding of the Universe. Similarly, the advent of low cost high performance X-ray mirrors will also increase the likelihood of more X-ray telescopes being funded and built. We discuss the development plans of two different types of adjustable grazing incidence optics: one being a tenth arc-second resolution bimorph mirror approach also suitable for extremely large collecting areas, and the second being a few arc-second radially adjustable mirror approach more suitable for modest sized telescopes. Bimorph mirrors will be developed using thin (0.1 - 0.4 mm) thermally formed glass or electroplated metal mirror segments with thin film piezo-electric actuators deposited directly on the mirror back surface. Mirror figure will be adjusted on-orbit. Radially adjustable mirrors will employ discreet radially electrostrictive actuators for mirror alignment and low spatial error frequency figure correction during assembly and alignment. In this paper we report on. In this paper we describe mirror design and our development plans for both mirror concepts.

  12. Speckle-based at-wavelength metrology of X-ray mirrors with super accuracy.

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    Kashyap, Yogesh; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2016-05-01

    X-ray active mirrors, such as bimorph and mechanically bendable mirrors, are increasingly being used on beamlines at modern synchrotron source facilities to generate either focused or "tophat" beams. As well as optical tests in the metrology lab, it is becoming increasingly important to optimise and characterise active optics under actual beamline operating conditions. Recently developed X-ray speckle-based at-wavelength metrology technique has shown great potential. The technique has been established and further developed at the Diamond Light Source and is increasingly being used to optimise active mirrors. Details of the X-ray speckle-based at-wavelength metrology technique and an example of its applicability in characterising and optimising a micro-focusing bimorph X-ray mirror are presented. Importantly, an unprecedented angular sensitivity in the range of two nanoradians for measuring the slope error of an optical surface has been demonstrated. Such a super precision metrology technique will be beneficial to the manufacturers of polished mirrors and also in optimization of beam shaping during experiments.

  13. Nondestructive testing and hardness measurement based on contact resonance of piezoelectric cantilevers (Conference Presentation)

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    Li, Faxin; Fu, Ji

    2016-04-01

    A suitable defect identification parameter is very important in the field of nondestructive testing (NDT). In this work, we proposed a NDT method which detects the sample's local contact stiffness (LCS) based on the contact resonance of a piezoelectric cantilever. Firstly, through finite element analysis we showed that LCS is quite sensitive to typical defects including debonding, voids, cracks and inclusions, making it a good identification parameter. Secondly, a homemade NDT system containing a piezoelectric unimorph cantilever was assembled to detect the sample's LCS by tracking the contact resonance frequency (CRF) of the cantilever-sample system based on strain signals. Testing results indicated that this NDT system could detect the above mentioned defects efficiently. The cantilever-stiffness dependent detection sensitivity was specially investigated and the stiffer cantilevers were found to be more sensitive to small defects. Then, a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever was fabricated and the electromechanical impedance, other than the strain signals, was measured to track the CRF of the cantilever-system. The LCS is then derived by using the equivalent-circuit model. The electromechanical impedance based NDT system is more compact and can be further developed to be a portable device. Finally, a Vicker indenter is fabricated onto the bimorph tip and the contact area is derived from the measured LCS. Thus the NDT system turns to be a hardness tester without any optical devices. It is very useful for in-situ testing or testing on inner surfaces where conventional hardness tester is not applicable.

  14. Research on an inertial piezoelectric actuator for a micro in-pipe robot

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    YANG Zhi-xin; SUN Bao-yuan

    2006-01-01

    A new kind of inertial piezoelectric actuator for a micro in-pipe robot is proposed and studied. The actuator is composed of a body, corresponding to a mass rod, and four elastic legs. Each leg is a composite piezoelectric bimorph beam, made up of a middle metal element, an upper and lower piezoelectric elements. The mechanism is driven by an asymmetric waveform voltage, such as saw-toothed waveform, and utilizes the dynamic relationship between the maximum static friction force and the inertial force. To study the actuator, firstly, the constituent equation of a composite piezoelectric bimorph under both applied voltage and external force was inferred by thermodynamics. Secondly, the dynamic model of the actuator was established analyzing the relationship between the locomotive states, viz. displacement and velocity, and design parameters, such as piezoelectric strain constant, elastic modulus, length, width and thickness of the piezoelectric element, actuator mass, and driving voltage. At last, the dynamic equation was solved and the theoretical calculation of the inherent frequency was more consistent with the experimental data, which proved the rationality of the model. All these lay a theoretical foundation of the micro actuator parameter optimization and more research on a micro robot.

  15. Adaptive optics ophthalmologic systems using dual deformable mirrors

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    Jones, S; Olivier, S; Chen, D; Sadda, S; Joeres, S; Zawadzki, R; Werner, J S; Miller, D

    2007-02-01

    Adaptive Optics (AO) have been increasingly combined with a variety of ophthalmic instruments over the last decade to provide cellular-level, in-vivo images of the eye. The use of MEMS deformable mirrors in these instruments has recently been demonstrated to reduce system size and cost while improving performance. However, currently available MEMS mirrors lack the required range of motion for correcting large ocular aberrations, such as defocus and astigmatism. In order to address this problem, we have developed an AO system architecture that uses two deformable mirrors, in a woofer/tweeter arrangement, with a bimorph mirror as the woofer and a MEMS mirror as the tweeter. This setup provides several advantages, including extended aberration correction range, due to the large stroke of the bimorph mirror, high order aberration correction using the MEMS mirror, and additionally, the ability to ''focus'' through the retina. This AO system architecture is currently being used in four instruments, including an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system and a retinal flood-illuminated imaging system at the UC Davis Medical Center, a Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO) at the Doheny Eye Institute, and an OCT system at Indiana University. The design, operation and evaluation of this type of AO system architecture will be presented.

  16. Energy harvesting from mastication forces via a smart tooth

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    Bani-Hani, Muath; Karami, M. Amin

    2016-04-01

    The batteries of the current pacing devices are relatively large and occupy over 60 percent of the size of pulse generators. Therefore, they cannot be placed in the subtle areas of human body. In this paper, the mastication force and the resulting tooth pressure are converted to electricity. The pressure energy can be converted to electricity by using the piezoelectric effect. The tooth crown is used as a power autonomous pulse generator. We refer to this envisioned pulse generator as the smart tooth. The smart tooth is in the form of a dental implant. A piezoelectric vibration energy harvester is designed and modeled for this purpose. The Piezoelectric based energy harvesters investigated and analyzed in this paper initially includes a single degree of freedom piezoelectric based stack energy harvester which utilizes a harvesting circuit employing the case of a purely resistive circuit. The next step is utilizing and investigating a bimorph piezoelectric beam which is integrated/embedded in the smart tooth implant. Mastication process causes the bimorph beam to buckle or return to unbuckled condition. The transitions results in vibration of the piezoelectric beam and thus generate energy. The power estimated by the two mechanisms is in the order of hundreds of microwatts. Both scenarios of the energy harvesters are analytically modeled. The exact analytical solution of the piezoelectric beam energy harvester with Euler-Bernoulli beam assumptions is presented. The electro-mechanical coupling and the geometric nonlinearities have been included in the model for the piezoelectric beam.

  17. Application of EAP materials toward a refreshable Braille display

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    Di Spigna, N.; Chakraborti, P.; Yang, P.; Ghosh, T.; Franzon, P.

    2009-03-01

    The development of a multiline, refreshable Braille display will assist with the full inclusion and integration of blind people into society. The use of both polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film planar bending mode actuators and silicone dielectric elastomer cylindrical tube actuators have been investigated for their potential use in a Braille cell. A liftoff process that allows for aggressive scaling of miniature bimorph actuators has been developed using standard semiconductor lithography techniques. The PVDF bimorphs have been demonstrated to provide enough displacement to raise a Braille dot using biases less than 1000V and operating at 10Hz. In addition, silicone tube actuators have also been demonstrated to achieve the necessary displacement, though requiring higher voltages. The choice of electrodes and prestrain conditions aimed at maximizing axial strain in tube actuators are discussed. Characterization techniques measuring actuation displacement and blocking forces appropriate for standard Braille cell specifications are presented. Finally, the integration of these materials into novel cell designs and the fabrication of a prototype Braille cell are discussed.

  18. Real-time characterization of the spatio-temporal dynamics of deformable mirrors

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    Kilpatrick, James; Apostol, Adela; Khizhnya, Anatoliy; Markov, Vladimir; Beresnev, Leonid

    2016-09-01

    Innovative technologies are needed to support and augment the development of various types of deformable mirrors (DM), such as Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), segmented, bimorph and membrane types that are currently used in adaptive-optic (AO) systems. The paper discusses the results of initial studies that, could, potentially, be employed for full characterization of the dynamic behavior of adaptive optics mirrors. The experimental data were obtained from a typical bimorph mirror using both, a Shack-Hartman wavefront sensor (SHWFS) and an Imaging Laser Doppler Vibrometer (ILDV) developed exclusively by AS and T Inc. These two sensors were employed for quantitative measurement of both the spatial and temporal dynamics of the DM under broadband excitation via the piezo electric drive elements. The need to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamic response of current and future DM mirror designs is essential for optimizing their performance to a level adequate for high bandwidth AO systems, such as those employed for real-time compensation of wavefront perturbations.

  19. A study of ureteric peristalsis using a single catheter to record EMG, impedance, and pressure changes.

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    Roshani, H; Dabhoiwala, N F; Tee, S; Dijkhuis, T; Kurth, K H; Ongerboer de Visser, B W; de Jong, J M; Lamers, W H

    1999-03-01

    Ureteric peristalsis transports a urinary bolus from the renal pelvis to the bladder. We developed an intraluminal catheter with a pressure transducer on it to study intraluminal pressure changes and a twin bipolar electrode to record the ureteric EMG and impedance (Z) changes during a peristaltic wave. Five female New Yorkshire pigs (50-60 kg) were studied under light halothane anesthesia (5% at induction/1% for maintenance). A steady state of hydration was maintained using intravenous saline infusion. EMG spike burst activity was studied at a 10-cm interval using low (0-30) Hz filters. Impedance between the same electrodes is measured simultaneously in higher frequencies (1-5 KHz) as a function of ureteric motor activity. Pressure generation in the ureteric lumen was also measured simultaneously by a transducer on the same catheter. A digital signal processing program (Poly 4.9) was used for analysis. Parenteral furosemide was used to induce diuresis. Resting ureteric impedance (Z(R)) decreases to Z(B) (Z bolus) during the passage of the urinary bolus. Passage of a contractile zone during a peristaltic wave increases impedance from Z(B) to its Z(R) level and initiates a pressure rise. Bolus length (the length Z(B)) is not constant and decreases distally. EMG corresponds well in time to impedance. Z(R) disappears after infusion of furosemide because of increased urine load and changes of intraluminal ionic environment. The contractile segment of a ureteric peristaltic wave appears to be represented by an elevated Z segment (Z(C)). Pressure rise is recorded only at the beginning of a contractile zone. A specially adapted intraluminal catheter can be used to study peristalsis in the upper urinary tract. One can study all the three components of ureteric peristalsis (excitation, contraction, and intraluminal pressure rise) using such a catheter.

  20. Nanofluid transport in a living soft microtube

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    Sung, Baeckkyoung; Kim, Se Hoon; Lee, Sungwoo; Lim, Jaekwan; Lee, Jin-Kyu; Soh, Kwang-Sup

    2015-09-01

    The mechanism of hydrodynamic transport of nanoparticles in living tissues by intrinsic lymphatic pumping remains one of the fundamental questions in the field of nanomedicine. However, despite its importance, direct visualization of the nanofluid transport mechanism has not been achieved. In this article, we report a novel in situ fluorescence bioimaging method for observing real-time microflow patterns of nanofluids confined in a contracting and expanding soft microtube. This method allows for physiological monitoring of spatiotemporally resolved microfluidic behaviour and channel undulation during the peristaltic transport of fluorescent nanoparticle suspensions by lymph vessels embedded in bulky tissues at the location of the hindlimb. The fluorescent nanofluid conferred a high optical contrast for the visualization of the lymphatic microtube, with which the concentration and viscosity of the nanofluid could be determined. The nanofluid and microtube mechanics of the hindlimb lymph vessels exhibited similar behaviours as the previously described base fluid flow of peristaltic mesenteric lymph vessels. Specifically, the microtube contraction and expansion induced increased forward flows, and a reverse flow developed at the maximum contraction, all of which corresponded to Poiseuille flow and implied that higher tube wall shear stress was related to increased axial flow velocity. On the other hand, our study identified a highly heterogeneous flow pattern that could appear during the microtube expansion phase, whose axial velocity profile remarkably deviated from the Hagen-Poiseuille equation. In addition, the peristaltic pumping power was estimated to be on the nanowatt order of magnitude. Finally, we discuss the possible applications of this nanofluidic model system in the context of nanobiotechnology.

  1. Uterine contractions evaluated on cine MR imaging in patients with uterine leiomyomas

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    Nishino, Mizuki E-mail: mizuki@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jpnishinomizuki@hotmail.com; Togashi, Kaori; Nakai, Asako; Hayakawa, Katsumi; Kanao, Shotarou; Iwasaku, Kazuhiro; Fujii, Shingo

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: Submucosal leiomyoma is one of the most recognized causes of infertility and habitual abortion. The purpose of this study is to evaluate uterine peristalsis, a cycle-related inherent contractility of uterus probably responsible for sperm transport and conservation of pregnancy, in patients with uterine leiomyomas using cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and methods: Study population consisted of 26 female patients (age range: 19-51 years, mean: 41 years), in which 16 patients had submucosal leiomyomas and 10 patients had intramural or subserosal leiomyomas. We prospectively performed MR imaging of the midsagittal plane of uterus using 1.5 T magnet (Symphony, Siemens Medical Systems) with a body array coil, and obtained 60 half-Fourier acquisition single shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) images (Echo time=80 ms, FOV=300 mm, slice thickness 5 mm, matrix 256x256) within 2 min, and displayed them on cine mode at 12x faster than real speed. Evaluated were peristaltic movements at the endometral-myometrial junction and focal myometrial movements, adjacent to leiomyomas, regarding presence, direction, frequency, and conduction. Results: The peristaltic movements were identified in 12/16 patients with submucosal lesions and 10/10 with other leiomyomas. The frequency and direction were cycle-related. Loss of peristalsis was noted adjacent to submucosal myomas in 4/12 patients, but was not in others. Focal myometrial movements were noted in 9/16 patients with submucosal myomas, but not in others. Conclusions: Uterine peristaltic movements were partly interrupted by submucosal leiomoymas, but not by myometrial or subserosal leiomyomas. Loss of peristalsis and focal myometrial movements was noted only adjacent to submucosal leiomyomas. These findings are considered to represent dysfunctional contractility, and may be related with pregnancy loss.

  2. Interpreting manometric signals for propulsion in the gut

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    Sinnott, M. D.; Cleary, P. W.; Dinning, P. G.; Arkwright, J. W.; Costa, M.

    2015-09-01

    Propulsion of intestinal contents involves coordinated contractions and relaxations of the muscle controlled by polarised enteric neural reflex pathways. Due to the inaccessibility of the small and large bowel, obtaining detailed manometric measurements in the gut or visualizing the movement of digesta is difficult in vivo. Computational modelling that incorporates the complex interactions between gut content and wall contractility has the potential to explain the mechanisms behind propulsive motor patterns and aid the interpretation of manometric measurements. We present here a biomechanical computational model of coupled wall flexure and flow dynamics in a virtual segment of intestine. The model uses the smoothed particle hydrodynamics method which permits coupling of the fluid/solid motion and wall deformation in a natural way. Peristaltic waves of contraction and relaxation, similar to those observed in physiological experiments, were applied to the gut wall of the model. A catheter containing manometric sensors was also incorporated into the model to derive representative pressure readings. The sensitivity of the model to input parameters including wall stiffness, viscosity of content and degree of muscular contraction is also presented. The results show that there is a rapid rise in pressure of fluid content trapped between the catheter and the contracting wall. The peristaltic wave travels along the length of the virtual segment of intestine passing over each sensor. The bolus, formed by the peristaltic contraction, grows in size and longitudinal extent until the bolus size reaches steady state. The wall force and the peak fluid pressure both scale proportionally with the change in muscle length, indicating that manometric data provide a reliable means for measuring the strength of contractions. Changes in stiffness of the wall and viscosity of contents result in predictable changes in the parameters of peristalsis. The model can be thus applied to manometry

  3. アドレナリンの静脈内注入がめん羊の反芻行動に及ぼす影響

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    春本, 直; 溝端, 文則; 松井, 徹; 藤原, 勉

    1989-01-01

    Rumination activity was measured in three sheep intravenously infused with adrenalin. In the first Expt, adrenalin was administered for 4 hr., that is, 9:00-13:00 or 13:00-17:00, in dose of 10μg/hr・kg body-weight. In the second Expt, adrenalin were infused during every 2 hr. of 13:00-15 00, 21:00-23:00 and 3:00-5:00, at a dose of either 20 or 10μg/hr・kg body-weight. Adrenalin infusion was made with an peristaltic pump at 50ml of fluid volume per hour through the jugular vein catheter. In bot...

  4. Interstitial cells of Cajal as targets for pharmacological intervention in gastrointestinal motor disorders

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    Huizinga, J D; Thuneberg, L; Vanderwinden, J M

    1997-01-01

    and colon. Slow waves also determine the direction and velocity of propagation of peristaltic activity, in concert with the enteric nervous system. Characterization of receptors and ion channels in the ICC membrane is under way, and manipulation of slow-wave activity markedly alters movement of contents...... through the gut organs. Here Jan Huizinga, Lars Thuneberg, Jean-Marie Vanderwinden and Jüri Rumessen, suggest that, as ICCs are unique to the gut, they might be ideal targets for pharmacological intervention in gastrointestinal motility disorders, which are very common and costly....

  5. Microfluidic Control Using Colloidal Devices

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    Terray, Alex; Oakey, John; Marr, David W. M.

    2002-06-01

    By manipulating colloidal microspheres within customized channels, we have created micrometer-scale fluid pumps and particulate valves. We describe two positive-displacement designs, a gear and a peristaltic pump, both of which are about the size of a human red blood cell. Two colloidal valve designs are also demonstrated, one actuated and one passive, for the direction of cells or small particles. The use of colloids as both valves and pumps will allow device integration at a density far beyond what is currently achievable by other approaches and may provide a link between fluid manipulation at the macro- and nanoscale.

  6. On the flow of a non-Newtonian liquid induced by intestine-like contractions.

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    Phan-Thien, N; Low, H T

    1989-02-01

    This paper considers the flow of an inelastic liquid which is generated by contractions like those of the intestine. Unlike regular peristaltic motion, these contractions occur locally over a finite length and have a finite amplitude. We adopt a contraction model due to Macagno and Christensen and repeat their analysis for an inelastic liquid. Our analysis, which is based on a Boundary Element Method, indicates that the net flow rate depends very weakly on the power-law index. The pumping action is therefore similar to that of a positive displacement pump.

  7. [Plastic repair of the isolated bladder in exstrophy in children].

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    Derzhavin, V M; Kazachkov, S A; Bannikov, V M; Berulava, Z O

    1989-01-01

    Sigmoid colon segment was used to pass the urine through the intestine in 14 children with exstrophy of the bladder. Preoperative management of large intestine helped to reduce the number of operative stages from two to one. 12 patients were followed up from 1 to 3 yrs. Right ureterohydronephrosis of the upper urinary tract was observed in 1 patient. Urodynamic investigation of isolated sigmoid colon segment evidenced of its adequate contractile and peristaltic activity preventing the contact of feces with entero-ureteral anastomoses. To improve the closing ability of rectal sphincter in the above patients anal electrostimulation with diadynamic current can be recommended.

  8. A mathematical simulation of the ureter: effects of the model parameters on ureteral pressure/flow relations.

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    Vahidi, Bahman; Fatouraee, Nasser; Imanparast, Ali; Moghadam, Abbas Nasiraei

    2011-03-01

    Ureteral peristaltic mechanism facilitates urine transport from the kidney to the bladder. Numerical analysis of the peristaltic flow in the ureter aims to further our understanding of the reflux phenomenon and other ureteral abnormalities. Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) plays an important role in accuracy of this approach and the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulation is a strong method to analyze the coupled fluid-structure interaction between the compliant wall and the surrounding fluid. This formulation, however, was not used in previous studies of peristalsis in living organisms. In the present investigation, a numerical simulation is introduced and solved through ALE formulation to perform the ureteral flow and stress analysis. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are used as the governing equations for the fluid, and a linear elastic model is utilized for the compliant wall. The wall stimulation is modeled by nonlinear contact analysis using a rigid contact surface since an appropriate model for simulation of ureteral peristalsis needs to contain cell-to-cell wall stimulation. In contrast to previous studies, the wall displacements are not predetermined in the presented model of this finite-length compliant tube, neither the peristalsis needs to be periodic. Moreover, the temporal changes of ureteral wall intraluminal shear stress during peristalsis are included in our study. Iterative computing of two-way coupling is used to solve the governing equations. Two phases of nonperistaltic and peristaltic transport of urine in the ureter are discussed. Results are obtained following an analysis of the effects of the ureteral wall compliance, the pressure difference between the ureteral inlet and outlet, the maximum height of the contraction wave, the contraction wave velocity, and the number of contraction waves on the ureteral outlet flow. The results indicate that the proximal part of the ureter is prone to a higher shear stress during

  9. Space Station Environmental Control and Life Support System Purge Control Pump Assembly Modeling and Analysis

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    Schunk, R. Gregory; Hunt, Patrick L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Preliminary results from a thermal/flow analysis of the Purge Control Pump Assembly (PCPA) indicate that pump performance (mass flow rate) is enhanced via cooling of the housing and lowering of the inlet vapor quality. Under a nominal operational profile (25% duty cycle or less), at the maximum motor dissipation, it appears that the peristaltic tubing temperature will still remain significantly below the expected UPA condenser temperature (78 F max versus approximately 105 F in the condenser) permitting condensation in the pump head.

  10. Modelling and simulation of diffusive processes methods and applications

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    Basu, SK

    2014-01-01

    This book addresses the key issues in the modeling and simulation of diffusive processes from a wide spectrum of different applications across a broad range of disciplines. Features: discusses diffusion and molecular transport in living cells and suspended sediment in open channels; examines the modeling of peristaltic transport of nanofluids, and isotachophoretic separation of ionic samples in microfluidics; reviews thermal characterization of non-homogeneous media and scale-dependent porous dispersion resulting from velocity fluctuations; describes the modeling of nitrogen fate and transport

  11. Resonance Frequency of Optical Microbubble Resonators: Direct Measurements and Mitigation of Fluctuations

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    Cosci, Alessandro; Berneschi, Simone; Giannetti, Ambra; Farnesi, Daniele; Cosi, Franco; Baldini, Francesco; Nunzi Conti, Gualtiero; Soria, Silvia; Barucci, Andrea; Righini, Giancarlo; Pelli, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    This work shows the improvements in the sensing capabilities and precision of an Optical Microbubble Resonator due to the introduction of an encaging poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) box. A frequency fluctuation parameter σ was defined as a score of resonance stability and was evaluated in the presence and absence of the encaging system and in the case of air- or water-filling of the cavity. Furthermore, the noise interference introduced by the peristaltic and the syringe pumping system was studied. The measurements showed a reduction of σ in the presence of the encaging PMMA box and when the syringe pump was used as flowing system. PMID:27589761

  12. Chitosan chemical hydrogel electrode binder for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Choudhury, Nurul A.; Sahai, Yogeshwar; Buchheit, Rudolph G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States)

    2011-01-15

    A novel and cost-effective electrode binder consisting of chitosan chemical hydrogel (CCH) is reported for direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). The DBFCs have been assembled with Misch-metal-based AB{sub 5} alloy as anode, carbon-supported palladium (Pd/C) as cathode and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel membrane electrolyte (PHME) as well as Nafion {sup registered} -117 membrane electrolyte (NME) as separators. Operating in passive mode without using peristaltic pump and under ambient conditions of temperature as well as pressure, the DBFC exhibited a maximum peak power density of about 81 mW cm{sup -2}. (author)

  13. The MainSTREAM Component Platform: A Holistic Approach to Microfluidic System Design

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    Sabourin, David; Skafte-Pedersen, Peder; Søe, Martin Jensen

    2013-01-01

    A microfluidic component library for building systems driving parallel or serial microfluidic-based assays is presented. The components are a miniaturized eight-channel peristaltic pump, an eight-channel valve, sample-to-waste liquid management, and interconnections. The library of components...... of reaction chips; (2) highly parallel pumping and routing/valving capability; (3) methods to interface pumps and chip-to-liquid management systems; (4) means to construct a portable system; (5) reconfigurability/flexibility in system design; (6) means to interface to microscopes; and (7) compatibility...

  14. Oesophageal food impaction in achalasia treated with Coca-Cola and nifedipine.

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    Koumi, Andriani; Panos, Marios Zenon

    2010-01-01

    Achalasia is characterised by the loss of peristaltic movement in the distal oesophagus and failure of the lower oesophageal sphincter relaxation, which results in impaired oesophageal emptying. We report a case of a 92-year-old frail woman with a history of achalasia, who presented with acute oesophageal obstruction due to impaction of a large amount of food material. She was treated successfully with nifedipine, in combination with Coca-Cola (original product, not sugar free), so avoiding the risks associated with repeated endoscopic intubation and piecemeal removal of the oesophageal content.

  15. Bioengineering fluid mechanics

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    Hung, Tin-kan

    2013-01-01

    This book highlights the basic concepts and equations for bioengineering flow processes. Physical concepts and meanings are emphasized while rigorous derivations are simplified, making it easier for self learning on some biological and medical flow processes. The well known Bernoulli equation in hydraulics is extended for pulsating flows, peristaltic flows and cardiac pumping. The dimensional analysis, model law and dimensionless equations can be related to computational models and experimental observations. The velocity vector imaging stored in echocardiograms can be used to analyze the pumping characteristics of the ventricular contraction. New topics included oxygen transport in membrane oxygenator and micro mixing of blood flow in capillary channels.

  16. Fluid mechanics in the perivascular space.

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    Wang, Peng; Olbricht, William L

    2011-04-07

    Perivascular space (PVS) within the brain is an important pathway for interstitial fluid (ISF) and solute transport. Fluid flowing in the PVS can affect these transport processes and has significant impacts on physiology. In this paper, we carry out a theoretical analysis to investigate the fluid mechanics in the PVS. With certain assumptions and approximations, we are able to find an analytical solution to the problem. We discuss the physical meanings of the solution and particularly examine the consequences of the induced fluid flow in the context of convection-enhanced delivery (CED). We conclude that peristaltic motions of the blood vessel walls can facilitate fluid and solute transport in the PVS.

  17. Quantitative Infrared Spectroscopy in Challenging Environments: Applications to Passive Remote Sensing and Process Monitoring

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    2012-12-01

    controlled peristaltic pumps. The first set of sample solutions contained glucose (≥99 %, Sigma-Aldrich Co., St. Louis, MO), sodium L- lactate (99%, Sigma...consisted of glucose (Sigma), sodium L- lactate (Sigma), urea (Sigma) and creatinine (Sigma). All samples were prepared in a pH 7.4, 0.1 M phosphate...The results of this calculation are shown in Table 7.6. Observing the correlation plots and SEP values, an effective job was done overall tracking the

  18. Characterization of a high-power piezoelectric energy-scavenging device based on PMN-PT piezoelectric single crystals

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    Moon, S. E.; Lee, S. K.; Lee, Y. G.; Kim, K. M.; Yang, Y. S.; Yang, W. S.; Kim, J. [Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    In this paper, we present the calculations and the results for vibration-energy-scavenging performances based on a piezoelectric single-crystal beam. Using the measured mechanical damping ratio and electro-mechanical coupling coefficient of a novel cantilever structure device, we calculated the output performances and compared them with the measured results. A device based on a bimorph cantilever structure with a proof mass was designed to have a natural resonance frequency of about 60 Hz, and the energy-scavenging capability of piezoelectric single crystal was measured. The results showed that several tens of AC volts and a few milliwatts power were achieved under a 0.1 g{sub rms} vibration condition. Also using this device and a commercial power management circuit, we performed Li-ion battery charging experiment.

  19. Biomimetic flexible plate actuators are faster and more efficient with a passive attachment

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    Yeh, Peter D.; Alexeev, Alexander

    2016-12-01

    Using three-dimensional computer simulations, we probe biomimetic free swimming of an internally actuated flexible plate in the regime near the first natural frequency. The plate is driven by an oscillating internal moment approximating the actuation mechanism of a piezoelectric macro fiber composite (MFC) bimorph. We show in our simulations that the addition of a passive attachment increases both swimming velocity and efficiency. Specifically, if the active and passive sections are of similar size, the overall performance is the best. We determine that this optimum is a result of two competing factors. If the passive section is too large, then the actuated portion is unable to generate substantial deflection to create sufficient thrust. On the other hand, a large actuated section leads to a bending pattern that is inefficient at generating thrust especially at higher frequencies.

  20. Internally-actuated flexible fins swim faster and more efficiently with a passive attachment

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    Yeh, Peter; Alexeev, Alexander

    2016-11-01

    Using three dimensional computer simulations, we probe biomimetic free swimming of an internally-actuated flexible plate in the regime near the first natural frequency. The plate is driven by an oscillating internal moment approximating the actuation mechanism of a piezoelectric MFC bimorph. We show in our simulations that the addition of a passive attachment increases both swimming velocity and efficiency. Specifically, if the active and passive sections are of similar size, the overall performance is the best. We determine that this optimum is a result of two competing factors. If the passive section is too large, then the actuated portion is unable to generate substantial deflection to create sufficient thrust. On the other hand, a large actuated section leads to a bending pattern that is inefficient at generating thrust especially at higher frequencies.

  1. Piezoelectric energy harvester having planform-tapered interdigitated beams

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    Kellogg, Rick A.; Sumali, Hartono

    2011-05-24

    Embodiments of energy harvesters have a plurality of piezoelectric planform-tapered, interdigitated cantilevered beams anchored to a common frame. The plurality of beams can be arranged as two or more sets of beams with each set sharing a common sense mass affixed to their free ends. Each set thus defined being capable of motion independent of any other set of beams. Each beam can comprise a unimorph or bimorph piezoelectric configuration bonded to a conductive or non-conductive supporting layer and provided with electrical contacts to the active piezoelectric elements for collecting strain induced charge (i.e. energy). The beams are planform tapered along the entirety or a portion of their length thereby increasing the effective stress level and power output of each piezoelectric element, and are interdigitated by sets to increase the power output per unit volume of a harvester thus produced.

  2. Energy harvesting in a quad-stable harvester subjected to random excitation

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    Zhi-yong Zhou

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In response to the defects of bi-stable energy harvester (BEH, we develop a novel quad-stable energy harvester (QEH to improve harvesting efficiency. The device is made up of a bimorph cantilever beam having a tip magnet and three external fixed magnets. By adjusting the positions of the fixed magnets and the distances between the tip magnet and the fixed ones, the quad-stable equilibrium positions can emerge. The potential energy shows that the barriers of the QEH are lower than those of the BEH for the same separation distance. Experiment results reveal that the QEH can realize snap-through easier and make a dense snap-through in response under random excitation. Moreover, its strain and voltage both become large for snap-through between the nonadjacent stable positions. There exists an optimal separation distance for different excitation intensities.

  3. Theoretical analysis on shear-bending deflection of a ring-shape piezoelectric plate

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    Zejun Yu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the electromechanical coupling field in shear-bending mode for a ring-shape piezoelectric plate was theoretically established. According to the classical small bending elastic plate theory and piezoelectric constitutive equations, the analytical solution to the bending deformation of the piezo-actuator under electric field and a concentrated or uniformly distributed mechanical load was achieved. The mechanism for generating bending deformation is attributed to axisymmetric shear strain, which further induces the bending deformation of the single ring-shape piezoelectric plate. This mechanism is significant different from that of piezoelectric bimorph or unimorph actuators reported before. Our analysis offers guidance for the optimum design of a ring-shape shear-bending piezo-actuator.

  4. Enhancement of Optical Adaptive Sensing by Using a Dual-Stage Seesaw-Swivel Actuator with a Tunable Vibration Absorber

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    Po-Chien Chou

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Technological obstacles to the use of rotary-type swing arm actuators to actuate optical pickup modules in small-form-factor (SFF disk drives stem from a hinge’s skewed actuation, subsequently inducing off-axis aberrations and deteriorating optical quality. This work describes a dual-stage seesaw-swivel actuator for optical pickup actuation. A triple-layered bimorph bender made of piezoelectric materials (PZTs is connected to the suspension of the pickup head, while the tunable vibration absorber (TVA unit is mounted on the seesaw swing arm to offer a balanced force to reduce vibrations in a focusing direction. Both PZT and TVA are designed to satisfy stable focusing operation operational requirements and compensate for the tilt angle or deformation of a disc. Finally, simulation results verify the performance of the dual-stage seesaw-swivel actuator, along with experimental procedures and parametric design optimization confirming the effectiveness of the proposed system.

  5. Carbon-based nanodevices for sensors, actuators, and electronics

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    Yang, E. H.; Strauf, S.; Fisher, F.; Choi, D. S.

    2009-05-01

    We are pursuing several projects aimed at developing carbon-based nanodevices for sensing, actuation, and nanoelectronics applications. In one project, we are seeking to fabricate and characterize carbon nanotube quantum dots (CNT-QDs) with potential application as future electronic memories with high-performance, bandwidth, and throughput. In a second effort, we have used pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to create thermal bimorph nanoactuators based on multi-wall nano tubes (MWNTs) coated on one side with a thin metal film. Lastly, graphene materials are being studied to investigate its field emission properties for vacuum electronics and to exploit its differential conductivity. These devices have potential in a wide range of applications including sensors, detectors, system-on-a-chip, system-in-a-package, programmable logic controls, energy storage systems and all-electronic systems.

  6. Investigations of electronic amplifiers supplying a piezobimorph actuator

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    Milecki, Andrzej; Regulski, Roman

    2016-10-01

    Piezoelectric bending actuators, also known as bimorphs, are characterized by very good dynamic properties and by displacements in a range of a few millimeters. Therefore these actuators are used in a wide range of applications. However their usage is limited because they require supplying amplifiers with output voltage of about 200 V, which are rather expensive. This paper presents investigation results of such amplifiers with high voltage output. The model of a piezobending actuator is proposed and implemented in Matlab-Simulink software in order to simulate the behavior of the actuator supplied by the amplifiers. The simulation results are presented and compared with investigation results of high voltage amplifier used for supplying a piezoactuator. The influence of current limitation of operational amplifier on the actuator current is tested. Finally, a low cost audio power amplifier is proposed to control the piezobender actuator (as a cheaper alternative to the high-voltage amplifier) and its investigations results are presented in the paper.

  7. Self-(Un)rolling Biopolymer Microstructures: Rings, Tubules, and Helical Tubules from the Same Material.

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    Ye, Chunhong; Nikolov, Svetoslav V; Calabrese, Rossella; Dindar, Amir; Alexeev, Alexander; Kippelen, Bernard; Kaplan, David L; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2015-07-13

    We have demonstrated the facile formation of reversible and fast self-rolling biopolymer microstructures from sandwiched active-passive, silk-on-silk materials. Both experimental and modeling results confirmed that the shape of individual sheets effectively controls biaxial stresses within these sheets, which can self-roll into distinct 3D structures including microscopic rings, tubules, and helical tubules. This is a unique example of tailoring self-rolled 3D geometries through shape design without changing the inner morphology of active bimorph biomaterials. In contrast to traditional organic-soluble synthetic materials, we utilized a biocompatible and biodegradable biopolymer that underwent a facile aqueous layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly process for the fabrication of 2D films. The resulting films can undergo reversible pH-triggered rolling/unrolling, with a variety of 3D structures forming from biopolymer structures that have identical morphology and composition.

  8. Vibration energy harvester with sustainable power based on a single-crystal piezoelectric cantilever array.

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    Kim, Moonkeun; Lee, Sang-Kyun; Ham, Yong-Hyun; Yang, Yil Suk; Kwon, Jong-Kee; Kwon, Kwang-Ho

    2012-08-01

    We designed and fabricated a bimorph cantilever array for sustainable power with an integrated Cu proof mass to obtain additional power and current. We fabricated a cantilever system using single-crystal piezoelectric material and compared the calculations for single and arrayed cantilevers to those obtained experimentally. The vibration energy harvester had resonant frequencies of 60.4 and 63.2 Hz for short and open circuits, respectively. The damping ratio and quality factor of the cantilever device were 0.012 and 41.66, respectively. The resonant frequency at maximum average power was 60.8 Hz. The current and highest average power of the harvester array were found to be 0.728 mA and 1.61 mW, respectively. The sustainable maximum power was obtained after slightly shifting the short-circuit frequency. In order to improve the current and power using an array of cantilevers, we also performed energy conversion experiments.

  9. Active-control headset protector using piezoceramic material actuator

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    Brissaud, Michel; Gonnard, Paul; Bera, Jean-Christophe; Sunyach, Michel

    1996-04-01

    This paper describes the achievement of active control headset protector using piezoceramic actuators leading to a noise attenuation of about 20 dB within a 1 kHz frequency span located at around 1 to 2 kHz. To this end, several types of piezoceramic transducers or actuators have been designed and tested. They are based on flexural modes of bimorphs constituted by a thin piezoelectric ceramic disk cemented on a metallic plate. The main problems encountered are the spurious frequency regenerations which mask the noise reduction in the expected frequency range. Thus only a few of them meet the above specifications and can be used for reducing the noise inside the headset protector.

  10. Biomimetic Cilia Based on MEMS Technology

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    Zhi-guo Zhou; Zhi-wen Liu

    2008-01-01

    A review on the research of Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology based biomimetic cilia is presented. Biomimetic cilia, enabled by the advancement of MEMS technology, have been under dynamic development for the past decade. After a brief description of the background of cilia and MEMS technology, different biomimetic cilia applications are reviewed. Biomimetic cilia micro-actuators, including micromachined polyimide bimorph biomimetic cilia micro-actuator, electro-statically actuated polymer biomimetic cilia micro-actuator, and magnetically actuated nanorod array biomimetic cilia micro-actuator, are presented. Subsequently micromachined underwater flow biomimetic cilia micro-sensor is studied, followed by acoustic flow micro-sensor. The fabrication of these MEMS-based biomimetic cilia devices, characterization of their physical properties, and the results of their application experiments are discussed.

  11. Three-dimensional piezoelectric MEMS actuator by using sputtering deposition of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 on microstructure sidewalls

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    Kanda, Kensuke; Moriue, Shingo; Fujita, Takayuki; Maenaka, Kazusuke

    2017-04-01

    For the realization of piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with multiple degrees-of-freedom, lead zirconate titanate thin films were deposited and micropatterned on the sidewalls of a pre-etched substrate with a feature depth of several hundred micrometers. The piezoelectric test structures, consisting of concave geometries and cantilevers with vertical and sloped sidewalls were successfully fabricated onto a 4 inch full sized wafer. Characterization of the fundamental properties of the lead zirconate titanate thin films indicated values comparable to those deposited on flat substrates. Actuation tests demonstrated that the triangular column cantilevers can be driven both in-plane and out-of-plane. The deposition of lead zironate titanate thin films onto a vertical sidewall created bimorph cantilevers composed of piezo/non-piezo/piezo structures in the horizontal direction. The use of microfabrication techniques to deposit lead zironate titanate thin films on pre-etched substrates gives MEMS actuators with multiple degrees-of-freedom and batch process compatibility.

  12. I18--the microfocus spectroscopy beamline at the Diamond Light Source.

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    Mosselmans, J Frederick W; Quinn, Paul D; Dent, Andrew J; Cavill, Stuart A; Moreno, Sofia Diaz; Peach, Andrew; Leicester, Peter J; Keylock, Stephen J; Gregory, Simon R; Atkinson, Kirk D; Rosell, Josep Roque

    2009-11-01

    The design and performance of the microfocus spectroscopy beamline at the Diamond Light Source are described. The beamline is based on a 27 mm-period undulator to give an operable energy range between 2 and 20.7 keV, enabling it to cover the K-edges of the elements from P to Mo and the L(3)-edges from Sr to Pu. Micro-X-ray fluorescence, micro-EXAFS and micro-X-ray diffraction have all been achieved on the beamline with a spot size of approximately 3 microm. The principal optical elements of the beamline consist of a toroid mirror, a liquid-nitrogen-cooled double-crystal monochromator and a pair of bimorph Kirkpatrick-Baez mirrors. The performance of the optics is compared with theoretical values and a few of the early experimental results are summarized.

  13. Measurement and analysis of active synchrotron mirrors under operating conditions

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Sawhney, Kawal

    2013-05-01

    At the Diamond Light Source, in situ slope error measurements using the pencil-beam method have enabled X-ray mirror surfaces to be examined in their beamline environment. A surface corrugation common to several bimorph mirrors and the removal of that corrugation by repolishing were both confirmed using this method. In the same way, mirrors curved in a controlled way with bending actuators and sag compensators could also be optimized. Fits to the elastic bending of ideal beams using the Euler-Bernoulli model have been performed on the slope errors of a mechanically bent mirror in order to distinguish bender curvatures from gravitational distortion and to calculate the compensating force that most reduces the latter effect. A successful improvement of the sag compensation mechanism of a vertically focusing mirror was also achieved, aided by a previously tested method for optimizing the settings of a mirror's actuators using pencil-beam scans.

  14. Thin film conductive polymer for microactuator and micromuscle applications

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    Lee, A.P.; Hong, K.; Trevino, J.; Northrup, M.A.

    1994-04-14

    Conductive polymer/polyimide bimorphic microcantilevers have been actuated vertically (out-of-plane) upon the volumetric changes induced by electrochemical doping of the polymer. The microcantilevers that are 200-500 {mu}m in length and 50-100 {mu}m in width can be fully extended from a circularly-curled geometry, and thus generate more than 100 {mu}m displacement. Dynamically the microcantilevers have been driven as fast as 1.2 Hz and the polymer was stable for over a week stored in air and light. Residual stresses in the polymer film is estimated to be as high as 254 MPa, and actuation stresses are as high as 50 MPa.

  15. A Novel Integrated PZT-Driven Micropump and Microvalve

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    Zhaoxin Geng; Dafu Cui; Haining Wang; Changchun Liu; Bo Su

    2006-01-01

    According to the 'elastic buffer mechanism' and the'variable gap mechanism', a new device, which is both micropump and active microvalve actuated by PZT bimorph cantilever, was fabricated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and silicon chip. The thickness of the micropump membrance is about 180 μm. The diameter and the depth of micropump chamber cavity are 6 mm and 40 μm, respectively. The performances of the micropump, such as pump rate and backpressure, were characterized. As a flow-rectifying element, the diffusers and active valve were used instead of passive check valves. The flow rate and the backpressure of the micropump are about 420 μL/min and 2 kPa when applying a 100 V square wave driving voltage at frequency of 35 Hz.

  16. Finite element modeling and analysis of piezo-integrated composite structures under large applied electric fields

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    Rao, M. N.; Tarun, S.; Schmidt, R.; Schröder, K.-U.

    2016-05-01

    In this article, we focus on static finite element (FE) simulation of piezoelectric laminated composite plates and shells, considering the nonlinear constitutive behavior of piezoelectric materials under large applied electric fields. Under the assumptions of small strains and large electric fields, the second-order nonlinear constitutive equations are used in the variational principle approach, to develop a nonlinear FE model. Numerical simulations are performed to study the effect of material nonlinearity for piezoelectric bimorph and laminated composite plates as well as cylindrical shells. In comparison to the experimental investigations existing in the literature, the results predicted by the present model agree very well. The importance of the present nonlinear model is highlighted especially in large applied electric fields, and it is shown that the difference between the results simulated by linear and nonlinear constitutive FE models cannot be omitted.

  17. Diffuse Scattering as an Aid to the Understanding of Polymorphism in Pharmaceuticals

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    Welberry, T. R.; Chan, E. J.; Goossens, D. J.; Heerdegen, A. P.

    2012-05-01

    Polymorphism occurs when the same molecular compound can crystallize in more than one distinct crystal structure. Its study is a field of great interest and activity. This is largely driven by its importance in the pharmaceutical industry, but polymorphism is also an issue in the pigments, dyes, and explosives industries. The polymorph formed by a compound generally exerts a strong influence on its solid-state properties. The polymorphic form of a drug molecule may affect the ease of manufacture and processing, shelf life, and most significantly the rate of uptake of the molecule by the human body. They can even vary in toxicity; one polymorph may be safe, while a second may be toxic. In this review of recently published work, we show how diffuse scattering experiments coupled with Monte Carlo (MC) computer modeling can aid in the understanding of polymorphism. Examples of the two common pharmaceuticals, benzocaine and aspirin, both of which are bimorphic, at ambient temperatures, are discussed.

  18. Electrothermal MEMS parallel plate rotation for single-imager stereoscopic endoscopes.

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    Jang, Kyung-Won; Yang, Sung-Pyo; Baek, Seung-Hwan; Lee, Min-Suk; Park, Hyeon-Cheol; Seo, Yeong-Hyeon; Kim, Min H; Jeong, Ki-Hun

    2016-05-01

    This work reports electrothermal MEMS parallel plate-rotation (PPR) for a single-imager based stereoscopic endoscope. A thin optical plate was directly connected to an electrothermal MEMS microactuator with bimorph structures of thin silicon and aluminum layers. The fabricated MEMS PPR device precisely rotates an transparent optical plate up to 37° prior to an endoscopic camera and creates the binocular disparities, comparable to those from binocular cameras with a baseline distance over 100 μm. The anaglyph 3D images and disparity maps were successfully achieved by extracting the local binocular disparities from two optical images captured at the relative positions. The physical volume of MEMS PPR is well fit in 3.4 mm x 3.3 mm x 1 mm. This method provides a new direction for compact stereoscopic 3D endoscopic imaging systems.

  19. Polyimide and Metals MEMS Multi-User Processes

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    2016-11-01

    The development of a polyimide and metals multi-user surface micro-machining process for Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) is presented. The process was designed to be as general as possible, and designed to be capable to fabricate different designs on a single silicon wafer. The process was not optimized with the purpose of fabricating any one specific device but can be tweaked to satisfy individual needs depending on the application. The fabrication process uses Polyimide as the structural material and three separated metallization layers that can be interconnected depending on the desired application. The technology allows the development of out-of-plane compliant mechanisms, which can be combined with six variations of different physical principles for actuation and sensing on a single processed silicon wafer. These variations are: electrostatic motion, thermal bimorph actuation, capacitive sensing, magnetic sensing, thermocouple-based sensing and radio frequency transmission and reception.

  20. Thermo-Electro-Mechanical Analysis of a Curved Functionally Graded Piezoelectric Actuator with Sandwich Structure

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    Liying Jiang

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the problem of a curved functionally graded piezoelectric (FGP actuator with sandwich structure under electrical and thermal loads is investigated. The middle layer in the sandwich structure is functionally graded with the piezoelectric coefficient g31 varying continuously along the radial direction of the curved actuator. Based on the theory of linear piezoelectricity, analytical solutions are obtained by using Airy stress function to examine the effects of material gradient and heat conduction on the performance of the curved actuator. It is found that the material gradient and thermal load have significant influence on the electroelastic fields and the mechanical response of the curved FGP actuator. Without the sacrifice of actuation deflection, smaller internal stresses are generated by using the sandwich actuator with functionally graded piezoelectric layer instead of the conventional bimorph actuator. This work is very helpful for the design and application of curved piezoelectric actuators under thermal environment.

  1. A broadband quad-stable energy harvester and its advantages over bi-stable harvester: Simulation and experiment verification

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    Zhou, Zhiyong; Qin, Weiyang; Zhu, Pei

    2017-02-01

    This paper presents a novel quad-stable energy harvester (QEH) to harvest vibration energy. The QEH is composed of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever beam with a tip magnet and three external fixed magnets. The potential energy of the QEH is derived, which has four potential wells and three low barriers. This implies that the QEH needs relatively lower excitation energy to cross the barriers than the bi-stable energy harvester (BEH). Simulations are carried out for the BEH and QEH at different levels of excitations. Results show that the QEH owns a smaller threshold and a wider range of frequencies for occurrence of snap-through than the BEH. Thus the QEH can give out a large output voltage. Corresponding experiments were performed for validation. The experimental results are in agreement with the simulations, which means that the QEH can improve the harvesting efficiency considerably.

  2. Hard and Soft Physics with 2D Materials

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    McEuen, Paul

    With their remarkable structural, thermal, mechanical, optical, chemical, and electronic properties, 2D materials are truly special. For example, a graphene sheet can be made into a high-performance transistor, but it is also the ultimate realization of a thin mechanical sheet. Such sheets, first studied in detail by August Föppl over a hundred years ago, are notoriously complex, since they can bend, buckle, and crumple in a variety of ways. In this talk, I will discuss a number of experiments to probe these unusual materials, from the effects of ripples on the mechanical properties of a graphene sheet, to folding with atomically thin bimorphs, to the electronic properties of bilayer graphene solitons. Finally, I discuss how the Japanese paper art of kirigami (kiru = `to cut', kami = `paper') applied to 2D materials offers a route to mechanical metamaterials and the construction of nanoscale machines.

  3. Advances in Glomeromycota taxonomy and classification.

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    Oehl, Fritz; Sieverding, Ewald; Palenzuela, Javier; Ineichen, Kurt; Alves da Silva, Gladstone

    2011-12-01

    Concomitant morphological and molecular analyses have led to major breakthroughs in the taxonomic organization of the phylum Glomeromycota. Fungi in this phylum are known to form arbuscular mycorrhiza, and so far three classes, five orders, 14 families and 29 genera have been described. Sensulato, spore formation in 10 of the arbuscular mycorrhiza-forming genera is exclusively glomoid, one is gigasporoid, seven are scutellosporoid, four are entrophosporoid, two are acaulosporoid, and one is pacisporoid. Spore bimorphism is found in three genera, and one genus is associated with cyanobacteria. Here we present the current classification developed in several recent publications and provide a summary to facilitate the identification of taxa from genus to class level.

  4. Reliability study of Piezoelectric Structures Dedicated to Energy Harvesting by the Way of Blocking Force Investigation

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    Maaroufi, S.; Parrain, F.; Lefeuvre, E.; Boutaud, B.; Dal Molin, R.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we propose an approach to study the reliability of piezoelectric structures and more precisely energy harvesting micro-devices dedicated to autonomous active medical implants (new generation pacemakers). The structure under test is designed as a bimorph piezoelectric cantilever with a seismic mass at its tip. Good understanding of material aging and mechanical failure is critical for this kind of system. To study the reliability and durability of the piezoelectric part we propose to establish a new accelerated methodology and an associated test bench where the environment and stimuli can be precisely controlled over a wide period of time. This will allow the identification of potential failure modes and the study of their impacts by the way of direct mechanical investigation based on stiffness and blocking force measurements performed periodically.

  5. Exploiting material softening in hard PZTs for resonant bandwidth enhancement

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    Leadenham, S.; Moura, A.; Erturk, A.

    2016-04-01

    Intentionally designed nonlinearities have been employed by several research groups to enhance the frequency bandwidth of vibration energy harvesters. Another type of nonlinear resonance behavior emerges from the piezoelectric constitutive behavior for high excitation levels and is manifested in the form of softening stiffness. This material nonlinearity does not result in the jump phenomenon in soft piezoelectric ceramics, e.g. PZT-5A and PZT-5H, due to their large internal dissipation. This paper explores the potential for wideband energy harvesting using a hard (relatively high quality factor) PZT-8 bimorph by exploiting its material softening. A wide range of base excitation experiments conducted for a set of resistive electrical loads confirms the frequency bandwidth enhancement.

  6. Diffuse Scattering as an Aid to the Understanding of Polymorphism in Pharmaceuticals

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    Welberry, T.R.; Chan, E.J.; Goossens, D.J.; Heerdegen, A.P. (ANU)

    2012-04-30

    Polymorphism occurs when the same molecular compound can crystallize in more than one distinct crystal structure. Its study is a field of great interest and activity. This is largely driven by its importance in the pharmaceutical industry, but polymorphism is also an issue in the pigments, dyes, and explosives industries. The polymorph formed by a compound generally exerts a strong influence on its solid-state properties. The polymorphic form of a drug molecule may affect the ease of manufacture and processing, shelf life, and most significantly the rate of uptake of the molecule by the human body. They can even vary in toxicity; one polymorph may be safe, while a second may be toxic. In this review of recently published work, we show how diffuse scattering experiments coupled with Monte Carlo (MC) computer modeling can aid in the understanding of polymorphism. Examples of the two common pharmaceuticals, benzocaine and aspirin, both of which are bimorphic, at ambient temperatures, are discussed.

  7. Harvested power and sensitivity analysis of vibrating shoe-mounted piezoelectric cantilevers

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    Moro, L.; Benasciutti, D.

    2010-11-01

    This paper presents a preliminary investigation on energy harvesting from human walking via piezoelectric vibrating cantilevers. Heel accelerations during human gait are established by correlating data gathered from the literature with direct experimental measurements. All the observed relevant features are synthesized in a typical (standard) acceleration signal, used in subsequent numerical simulations. The transient electromechanical response and the harvested power of a shoe-mounted bimorph cantilever excited by the standard acceleration signal is computed by numerical simulations and compared with measurements on a real prototype. A sensitivity analysis is finally developed to estimate the mean harvested power for a wide range of scavenger configurations. Acceptability criteria based on imposed geometrical constraints and resistance strength limits (e.g. fatigue limit) are also established. This analysis allows a quick preliminary screening of harvesting performance of different scavenger configurations.

  8. Design and initial validation of a wireless control system based on WSN

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    Yu, Yan; Li, Luyu; Li, Peng; Wang, Xu; Liu, Hang; Ou, Jinping

    2013-04-01

    At present, cantilever structure used widely in civil structures will generate continuous vibration by external force due to their low damping characteristic, which leads to a serious impact on the working performance and service time. Therefore, it is very important to control the vibration of these structures. The active vibration control is the primary means of controlling the vibration with high precision and strong adaptive ability. Nowadays, there are many researches using piezoelectric materials in the structural vibration control. Piezoelectric materials are cheap, reliable and they can provide braking and sensing method harmless to the structure, therefore they have broad usage. They are used for structural vibration control in a lot of civil engineering research currently. In traditional sensor applications, information exchanges with the monitoring center or a computer system through wires. If wireless sensor networks(WSN) technology is used, cabling links is not needed, thus the cost of the whole system is greatly reduced. Based on the above advantages, a wireless control system is designed and validated through preliminary tests. The system consists of a cantilever, PVDF as sensor, signal conditioning circuit(SCM), A/D acquisition board, control arithmetic unit, D/A output board, power amplifier, piezoelectric bimorph as actuator. DSP chip is used as the control arithmetic unit and PD control algorithm is embedded in it. PVDF collects the parameters of vibration, sends them to the SCM after A/D conversion. SCM passes the data to the DSP through wireless technology, and DSP calculates and outputs the control values according to the control algorithm. The output signal is amplified by the power amplifier to drive the piezoelectric bimorph for vibration control. The structural vibration duration reduces to 1/4 of the uncontrolled case, which verifies the feasibility of the system.

  9. Mixing and Transport in the Small Intestine: A Lattice-Boltzmann Model

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    Banco, Gino; Brasseur, James; Wang, Yanxing; Aliani, Amit; Webb, Andrew

    2007-11-01

    The two primary functions of the small intestine are absorption of nutrients into the blood stream and transport of material along the gut for eventual evacuation. The primary transport mechanism is peristalsis. The time scales for absorption, however, rely on mixing and transport of molecules between the bulk flow and epithelial surface. Two basic motions contribute to mixing: peristalsis and repetitive segmental contraction of short segments of the gut. In this study we evaluate the relative roles of peristalsis vs. segmental contraction on the degree of mixing and time scales of nutrient transport to the epithelium using a two-dimensional model of flow and mixing in the small intestine. The model uses the lattice-Boltzmann framework with second-order moving boundary conditions and passive scalar (Sc = 10). Segmental and peristaltic contractions were parameterized using magnetic resonance imaging data from rat models. The Reynolds numbers (1.9), segment lengths (33 mm), max radii (2.75 mm) and occlusion ratios (0.33) were matched for direct comparison. Mixing is quantified by the rate of dispersion of scalar from an initial concentration in the center of the segment. We find that radial mixing is more rapid with segmental than peristaltic motion, that radial dispersion is much more rapid than axial, and that axial is comparable between the motions.

  10. Hyperpolarised sup 3 He gas production for magnetic resonance imaging of the human air ways

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    Fichele, S

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes the experimental techniques, and methods employed in hyperpolarised sup 3 He gas production and magnetic resonance imaging of the human air-ways, using spin-echo sequences and MR tagging techniques. An in-house polariser utilising the metastability optical pumping technique was constructed. The main results of this work are concerned with engineering difficulties involved in compressing HP sup 3 He and a large proportion of this PhD thesis details the design, construction, and performance of an in-house built peristaltic compressor. In preliminary imaging experiments using RARE, high signal to noise projection images of the lungs were acquired using less than 0.5 cm sup 3 (STP) of purely polarised HP gas. Later, increased HP gas quantities (typically 10 cm sup 3) were obtained by employing the peristaltic compressor. Consequently we could acquire 10 mm thick slices spanning the entire lung following a single sup 3 He gas bolus administration. Finally, the first results using MR tagging t...

  11. Nervous structure of Meckel's diverticulum in children.

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    Negrea, V; Gheban, D

    2012-01-01

    Meckel's diverticulum, being considered as the most frequent malformation of the digestive tract, has been largely presented in scientific papers, but a complete physiopathological mechanism for its natural history has not been yet described. We have studied the nervous system and the differences observed in eight Meckel's diverticulums with enteric or ectopic gastric mucosa, using specific immunohistochemical markers. It has been noted a significantly higher density of myenteric nerve fibers in areas with enteric mucosa compared with the areas with gastric heterotopias, while the transition zone had intermediate nerve fibers density. The ileal wall near the diverticulum had a myenteric plexus density similar to gastric mucosa intradiverticular area. The density of Meckel's diverticulum myenteric plexuses determines the local peristalsis. The enteric type mucosa diverticulums has more intense peristaltic activity which leads more frequent to intussusception or, in case of intraluminal obstruction, might be also involved in germ spreading and progression of infectious process. The lower density of Auerbach's plexus nerve fibers in cases with gastric heterotopia Meckel's diverticulum determines less effective drainage of diverticular content, favoring the contact of intradiverticular mucosa with acid secretion of gastric mucosa area. The gastric mucosa's defense mechanisms and the intense peristaltic activity in the zone with enteric mucosa offer a certain protection against the apparition of intradiverticular ulcerative lesions, which usually are observed on the ileum, near the diverticulum. The age related decreasing number of myenteric nerve fibers density explains the higher frequency of Meckel's diverticulum complications in children.

  12. Nano-optical conveyor belt with waveguide-coupled excitation.

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    Wang, Guanghui; Ying, Zhoufeng; Ho, Ho-pui; Huang, Ying; Zou, Ningmu; Zhang, Xuping

    2016-02-01

    We propose a plasmonic nano-optical conveyor belt for peristaltic transport of nano-particles. Instead of illumination from the top, waveguide-coupled excitation is used for trapping particles with a higher degree of precision and flexibility. Graded nano-rods with individual dimensions coded to have resonance at specific wavelengths are incorporated along the waveguide in order to produce spatially addressable hot spots. Consequently, by switching the excitation wavelength sequentially, particles can be transported to adjacent optical traps along the waveguide. The feasibility of this design is analyzed using three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain and Maxwell stress tensor methods. Simulation results show that this system is capable of exciting addressable traps and moving particles in a peristaltic fashion with tens of nanometers resolution. It is the first, to the best of our knowledge, report about a nano-optical conveyor belt with waveguide-coupled excitation, which is very important for scalability and on-chip integration. The proposed approach offers a new design direction for integrated waveguide-based optical manipulation devices and its application in large scale lab-on-a-chip integration.

  13. An approach to the capsule endoscopic robot with active drive motion

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    Da-qiang GU; Yong ZHOU

    2011-01-01

    Commercialized capsule-type endoscopes move passively by peristaltic waves (and gravity), which makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose the areas of interest more thoroughly and actively. To resolve this problem of passivity, it is necessary to find a special locomotion principle, which fits the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this paper, a legged locomotive mechanism with shape memory alloy (SMA) actuation based on the peristaltic principle is proposed, and then the structure of the locomotion mechanism is introduced. Based on the preliminary results, the design, modeling, and fabrication of an SMA microactuation concept for application in an endoscopic capsule are given, as well as the SMA spring and legged component design, which is the core section of the system design. We used the pseudo-rigid-body model (PRBM) to analyze nonlinear and large deflections of the SMA legged component. Thus, a prototype endoscope with an SMA spring and six legged components was designed and fabricated. It is 15 mm in diameter and 33 mm in total length, with a hollow space to house other parts needed for endoscopy such as a camera, a radio frequency (RF) module, and sensors. During testing, the locomotive mechanism was effective in a plastic tube environment.

  14. A Study of Nonlinear Variable Viscosity in Finite-Length Tube with Peristalsis

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    Y. Abd Elmaboud

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Peristaltic motion of an incompressible Newtonian fluid with variable viscosity induced by periodic sinusoidal traveling wave propagating along the walls of a finite-length tube has been investigated. A perturbation method of solution is sought. The viscosity parameter α (α << 1 is chosen as a perturbation parameter and the governing equations are developed up to the first-order in the viscosity parameter (α. The analytical solution has been derived for the radial velocity at the tube wall, the axial pressure gradient across the length of the tube, and the wall shear stress under the assumption of low Reynolds number and long wavelength approximation. The impacts of physical parameters such as the viscosity and the parameter determining the shape of the constriction on the pressure distribution and on the wall shear stress for integral and non-integral number of waves are illustrated. The main conclusion that can be drawn out of this study is that the peaks of pressure fluctuate with time and attain different values with non-integral numbers of peristaltic waves. The considered problem is very applicable in study of biological flow and industrial flow.

  15. Characterization of subvisible particle formation during the filling pump operation of a monoclonal antibody solution.

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    Nayak, Arpan; Colandene, James; Bradford, Victor; Perkins, Melissa

    2011-10-01

    Characterization and control of aggregate and subvisible particle formation during fill-finish process steps are important for biopharmaceutical products. The filling step is of key importance as there is no further filtration of the drug product beyond sterile filtration. Filling processes can impact product quality by introducing physical stresses such as shear, friction, and cavitation. Other detrimental factors include temperature generated in the process of filling, foaming, and contact with filling system materials, including processing aids such as silicone oil. Certain pumps may shed extrinsic particles that may lead to heterogeneous nucleation-induced aggregation. In this work, microflow imaging, size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), and turbidimetry were utilized to quantify subvisible particles, aggregation, and opalescence, respectively. The filling process was performed using several commonly used filling systems, including rotary piston pump, rolling diaphragm pump, peristaltic pump, and time-pressure filler. The rolling diaphragm pump, peristaltic pump, and time-pressure filler generated notably less protein subvisible particles than the rotary piston pump, although no change in aggregate content by SEC was observed by any pump. An extreme increase in subvisible particles was also reflected in an increase in turbidity.

  16. A nanoliter-scale open chemical reactor.

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    Galas, Jean-Christophe; Haghiri-Gosnet, Anne-Marie; Estévez-Torres, André

    2013-02-01

    An open chemical reactor is a container that exchanges matter with the exterior. Well-mixed open chemical reactors, called continuous stirred tank reactors (CSTR), have been instrumental for investigating the dynamics of out-of-equilibrium chemical processes, such as oscillations, bistability, and chaos. Here, we introduce a microfluidic CSTR, called μCSTR, that reduces reagent consumption by six orders of magnitude. It consists of an annular reactor with four inlets and one outlet fabricated in PDMS using multi-layer soft lithography. A monolithic peristaltic pump feeds fresh reagents into the reactor through the inlets. After each injection the content of the reactor is continuously mixed with a second peristaltic pump. The efficiency of the μCSTR is experimentally characterized using a bromate, sulfite, ferrocyanide pH oscillator. Simulations accounting for the digital injection process are in agreement with experimental results. The low consumption of the μCSTR will be advantageous for investigating out-of-equilibrium dynamics of chemical processes involving biomolecules. These studies have been scarce so far because a miniaturized version of a CSTR was not available.

  17. A metering rotary nanopump for microfluidic systems.

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    Darby, Scott G; Moore, Matthew R; Friedlander, Troy A; Schaffer, David K; Reiserer, Ron S; Wikswo, John P; Seale, Kevin T

    2010-12-07

    We describe the design, fabrication, and testing of a microfabricated metering rotary nanopump for the purpose of driving fluid flow in microfluidic devices. The miniature peristaltic pump is composed of a set of microfluidic channels wrapped in a helix around a central camshaft in which a non-cylindrical cam rotates. The cam compresses the helical channels to induce peristaltic flow as it is rotated. The polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) nanopump design is able to produce intermittent delivery or removal of several nanolitres of fluid per revolution as well as consistent continuous flow rates ranging from as low as 15 nL min(-1) to above 1.0 µL min(-1). At back pressures encountered in typical microfluidic devices, the pump acts as a high impedance flow source. The durability, biocompatibility, ease of integration with soft-lithographic fabrication, the use of a simple rotary motor instead of multiple synchronized pneumatic or mechanical actuators, and the absence of power consumption or fluidic conductance in the resting state all contribute to a compact pump with a low cost of fabrication and versatile implementation. This suggests that the pump design may be useful for a wide variety of biological experiments and point of care devices.

  18. Environmental DNA sampling protocol - filtering water to capture DNA from aquatic organisms

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    Laramie, Matthew B.; Pilliod, David S.; Goldberg, Caren S.; Strickler, Katherine M.

    2015-09-29

    Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is an effective method of determining the presence of aquatic organisms such as fish, amphibians, and other taxa. This publication is meant to guide researchers and managers in the collection, concentration, and preservation of eDNA samples from lentic and lotic systems. A sampling workflow diagram and three sampling protocols are included as well as a list of suggested supplies. Protocols include filter and pump assembly using: (1) a hand-driven vacuum pump, ideal for sample collection in remote sampling locations where no electricity is available and when equipment weight is a primary concern; (2) a peristaltic pump powered by a rechargeable battery-operated driver/drill, suitable for remote sampling locations when weight consideration is less of a concern; (3) a 120-volt alternating current (AC) powered peristaltic pump suitable for any location where 120-volt AC power is accessible, or for roadside sampling locations. Images and detailed descriptions are provided for each step in the sampling and preservation process.

  19. 基于Hamilton原理的压电悬臂梁模型建立与分析%Modeling and Analysis of Piezoelectric Cantilever Beams Based on Hamilton Principle

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    闫世伟; 杨建文; 杨志刚

    2014-01-01

    根据哈密顿(Hamilton)原理建立了压电悬臂梁(压电梁)能量转换模型,利用数值模拟和实验测试的方法研究了压电梁在固定端受到位移激励时结构尺寸、材料特性和激振频率等对其发电能力的影响规律。研究表明,当基板材料相同时,单、双晶压电梁均存在最佳厚度比(基板/总厚)使其输出电能最多;当基板材料不同时,最佳厚度比随杨氏模量比(基板/陶瓷)增加而减小,铜、钼基板构成的单、双晶压电梁的最佳厚度比分别为(0.7,0.35)和(0.45,0.2);当厚度比(0.5)和激励条件相同时,杨氏模量比对单、双晶压电梁发电能力影响不同;调整单、双晶压电梁自由端质量块使其工作在谐振状态,可显著提高压电梁的发电能力。%The energy conversion model of the piezoelectric cantilever beam (piezoelectric beam)under displace-ment excitation in the fixed end was established according to Hamilton principle to study the influence of structural parameters,material properties as well as excitation frequency of the piezoelectric beam on energy generation by u-sing the method of numerical simulation and experimental testing.The research results showed that there were opti-mal thickness ratios (OTRs)respectively for the piezoelectric monomorph cantilever beam generator and piezoelec-tric bimorph cantilever beam generator to obtain maximal electrical energy in the same metal-plate materials.With the increasing of the Young’s modulus ratio,the OTRs of the two generators decreased in different metal-plate ma-terials.When copper and molybdenum plates were used as the substrates,the monomorph and the bimorph cantile-ver beams achieved the OTRs of (0.7,0.35)and (0.45,0.2),respectively.In the same thickness ratio (0.5)and external excitation condition,the Young's modulus showed different influences on energy generation of the two gen-erators.By adj usting the

  20. Shape and shear guide sperm cells spiraling upstream

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    Kantsler, Vasily; Dunkel, Jorn; Goldstein, Raymond E.

    2014-11-01

    A major puzzle in biology is how mammalian sperm determine and maintain the correct swimming direction during the various phases of the sexual reproduction process. Currently debated mechanisms for sperm long range travel vary from peristaltic pumping to temperature sensing (thermotaxis) and direct response to fluid flow (rheotaxis), but little is known quantitatively about their relative importance. Here, we report the first quantitative experimental study of mammalian sperm rheotaxis. Using microfluidic devices, we investigate systematically the swimming behavior of human and bull sperm over a wide range of physiologically relevant shear rates and viscosities. Our measurements show that the interplay of fluid shear, steric surface-interactions and chirality of the flagellar beat leads to a stable upstream spiraling motion of sperm cells, thus providing a generic and robust rectification mechanism to support mammalian fertilization. To rationalize these findings, we identify a minimal mathematical model that is capable of describing quantitatively the experimental observations.

  1. In vivo and in situ measurement and modelling of intra-body effective complex permittivity

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    Nadimi, Esmaeil S; Blanes-Vidal, Victoria; Harslund, Jakob L F

    2015-01-01

    Radio frequency tracking of medical micro-robots in minimally invasive medicine is usually investigated upon the assumption that the human body is a homogeneous propagation medium. In this Letter, the authors conducted various trial programs to measure and model the effective complex permittivity ε...... contractions and simulated peristaltic movements of the GI tract organs inside the abdominal cavity and in the presence of the abdominal wall on the measurements and variations of ε' and ε''. They advanced the previous models of effective complex permittivity of a multilayer inhomogeneous medium, by estimating...... an analytical model that accounts for reflections between the layers and calculates the attenuation that the wave encounters as it traverses the GI tract and the abdominal wall. They observed that deviation from the specified nominal layer thicknesses due to non-geometric boundaries of GI tract morphometric...

  2. Determination of metals in used lubricating oils by AAS using emulsified samples.

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    Goncalves, I M; Murillo, M; González, A M

    1998-11-01

    An efficient method was developed for the determination of metals in used lubricating oils, by atomic absorption spectrometry. Oil samples were treated with an acid mixture and then emulsified in water (10% w/w) using ethoxy nonylphenol (6% w/w) as surfactant. Emulsion characteristics (oil, surfactant content and acid mixture) were optimized to obtain the best AAS signal. Good agreement was found between calibration curves of aqueous and emulsified standard solutions when a peristaltic pump was used to introduce the solutions into the flame. The emulsion methodology was comparable, within 95% of confidence, to traditional ashing methodologies when a standard reference oil and a used lubricating oil were analyzed. Precision between 0.4 and 5% RSD was obtained when real sample was analyzed using emulsions.

  3. Computer-operated analytical platform for the determination of nutrients in hydroponic systems.

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    Rius-Ruiz, F Xavier; Andrade, Francisco J; Riu, Jordi; Rius, F Xavier

    2014-03-15

    Hydroponics is a water, energy, space, and cost efficient system for growing plants in constrained spaces or land exhausted areas. Precise control of hydroponic nutrients is essential for growing healthy plants and producing high yields. In this article we report for the first time on a new computer-operated analytical platform which can be readily used for the determination of essential nutrients in hydroponic growing systems. The liquid-handling system uses inexpensive components (i.e., peristaltic pump and solenoid valves), which are discretely computer-operated to automatically condition, calibrate and clean a multi-probe of solid-contact ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). These ISEs, which are based on carbon nanotubes, offer high portability, robustness and easy maintenance and storage. With this new computer-operated analytical platform we performed automatic measurements of K(+), Ca(2+), NO3(-) and Cl(-) during tomato plants growth in order to assure optimal nutritional uptake and tomato production.

  4. [Possible significance of prostaglandins in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease].

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    Schmidt, E; Bruch, H P; Walter, K

    1977-04-01

    Prostaglandins (E1, E2, F2alpha) produce and intensify peristaltic contractions in the healthy human intestinal muscle system according to dosage (threshold I-10(-4) microng/ml--maximum effective concentration 1 microng/ml). By subsequent introduction of adrenaline, the intestinal muscle system activated by prostaglandines can be completely relaxed again. Intestinal muscles from patients with Crohn's disease show a marked deviation from this behaviour: 1. The intestinal muscle system is extremely sensitive to prostagladins: maximum concentrations are already reached by about a thousand times smaller concentration than in the intestines. 2. The dose of adrenaline does not lead to dialtion, which is usual, but to contraction of the muscle system. These changes in the contractility of the intestine can explain some components of the clinical symptomatology of Crohn's disease.

  5. In-vitro myoglobin clearance by a novel sorbent system.

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    Kuntsevich, Viktoriya I; Feinfeld, Donald A; Audia, Pat F; Young, Wendell; Capponi, Vincent; Markella, Marianna; Winchester, James F

    2009-01-01

    Rhabdomyolysis may lead to acute kidney injury following deposition of myoglobin in renal tubules. Although high-flux dialysis membranes may remove a substantial amount of myoglobin from plasma, this may still not be sufficient to prevent renal damage. We tested a new polymer sorbent, X-Sorb, in vitro to determine its potential to clear myoglobin from solutions. Normal saline or human serum in which myoglobin was dissolved was perfused by a peristaltic pump through a column packed with the sorbent. After a 4-hour perfusion, the myoglobin level in normal saline fell from 200,000 ng/ml to virtually undetectable ( 90% over 4 hours. X-Sorb appears to be an effective sorbent for myoglobin and warrants a trial in vivo to determine whether it is equally effective and safe.

  6. Achalasia: A Review of Etiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment

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    Nor Hedayanti

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Achalasia was a condition marked by peristaltic movement absent in lower esophageal sphincter and segment that hypertonic result in imperfect relaxation during food ingestion. Achalasia incidence did not differ between men and women, account for 1 in 100.000 people every year with prevalence of 10 in 100.000 people, unrelated specifically with ethnic, and has its highest incidence on 30-60 age group. Based on its etiology, it was divided into primary and secondary Achalasia, while based on its motility, it was into hypermotil, hypomotil, and amotil Achalasia. Until present, several therapeutic modalities were available to treat Achalasia, among them was pharmacology therapy, botulinum toxin injection via endoscopy, pneumatic dilatation, Heller myotomy surgery, and Per Oral Endoscopy Myotomy (POEM.

  7. Deviation of Carbon Dioxide-Water Gas-Liquid Balance from Thermodynamic Equilibrium in Turbulence I:Experiment and Correlation

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    ZHANG Zhenzhen; QIAN Zhi; XU Lianbin; WU Caiyan; GUO Kai

    2013-01-01

    The carbon dioxide-water system was used to investigate the flowing gas-liquid metastable state.The experiment was carried out in a constant volume vessel with a horizontal circulation pipe and a peristaltic pump forced CO2 saturated water to flow.The temperature and pressure were recorded.The results showed that some CO2 escaped from the water in the flow process and the pressure increased,indicating that the gas-liquid equilibrium was broken.The amount of escaped CO2 varied with flow speed and reached a limit in a few minutes,entitled dynamic equilibrium.Temperature and liquid movement played the same important role in breaking the phase equilibrium.Under the experimental conditions,the ratio of the excessive carbon dioxide in the gas phase to its thermodynamic equilibrium amount in the liquid could achieve 15%.

  8. Gastric digestion in vivo and in vitro: how the structural aspects of food influence the digestion process.

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    Bornhorst, Gail M; Paul Singh, R

    2014-01-01

    Food digestion is crucial for sustaining life. Although it has been examined for more than 300 years, the basic principles are not entirely understood. Antral motility is well characterized, and current research is seeking to determine flow patterns generated by the stomach's peristaltic contractions. The rate of gastric emptying for solid and liquid meals has been determined according to variations in meal composition, energy content, and subject characteristics. The glycemic response has been measured for many carbohydrate foods and is altered by factors such as amount of processing, particle size, and starch structure. Similarly, ileal starch digestibility is altered by food and starch properties. Even though many foods have been studied according to their glycemic response, starch digestibility, and in vitro digestion kinetics, the rate-determining processes and underlying mechanisms remain to be established. The link between food properties, digestion processes, and final health outcomes must be strengthened for functional food optimization.

  9. A fully resolved active musculo-mechanical model for esophageal transport

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    Kou, Wenjun; Griffith, Boyce E; Pandolfino, John E; Kahrilas, Peter J; Patankar, Neelesh A

    2015-01-01

    Esophageal transport is a physiological process that mechanically transports an ingested food bolus from the pharynx to the stomach via the esophagus, a multi-layered muscular tube. This process involves interactions between the bolus, the esophagus, and the neurally coordinated activation of the esophageal muscles. In this work, we use an immersed boundary (IB) approach to simulate peristaltic transport in the esophagus. The bolus is treated as a viscous fluid that is actively transported by the muscular esophagus, which is modeled as an actively contracting, fiber-reinforced tube. A simplified version of our model is verified by comparison to an analytic solution to the tube dilation problem. Three different complex models of the multi-layered esophagus, which differ in their activation patterns and the layouts of the mucosal layers, are then extensively tested. To our knowledge, these simulations are the first of their kind to incorporate the bolus, the multi-layered esophagus tube, and muscle activation i...

  10. Propulsor pneumático versátil e isento de pulsação para sistemas de análise em fluxo

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    Matos Renato C.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Aquarium air pumps are proposed and evaluated as pneumatic liquid propulsion devices for flow injection and continuos flow analysis (FIA and CFA systems. This kind of pump is widely available at a very low cost and it can sustain a pressure around of 4 psi (0.28 bar indefinitely. By applying this air pressure onto a solution contained in a reservoir flask, it is possible to reach flow rates of up to 12.5 mL min-1 for circuits comprising reactors, made from 0.8 i.d. tubing with a length of 100 cm. The precise adjustment of flow rate below the maximum one can be made with a simplified needle valve or inserting in series a short length of capillary tube. The absence of flow pulsation is a definite advantage in comparison with peristaltic pumps, especially when amperometric detection is elected, as confirmed experimentally in FIA and CF applications.

  11. A simple physiologic pulsatile perfusion system for the study of intact vascular tissue.

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    Conklin, B S; Surowiec, S M; Lin, P H; Chen, C

    2000-07-01

    Perfusion vascular culture models may provide a useful link between cell culture models and animal culture models by allowing a high level of control over important parameters while maintaining physiologic structure. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a new vascular culture system for pulsatile perfusion culture of intact vascular tissue. The system generates a pulsatile component of flow by means of a cam-driven syringe and a peristaltic pump and compliance chamber. Cams were designed, constructed and tested to simulate canine femoral and common carotid artery flows. The mean pressure was adjusted between 60 and 200 mmHg without significantly affecting flow rate, flow waveform, or the pressure waveform. Porcine common carotid artery segments were cultured in this pulsatile perfusion system. The viability of vascular segments was tested after various culture times with a functional assay that demonstrated both smooth muscle cell and endothelial cell response to vasomotor challenge.

  12. High-resolution NMR spectroscopy under the fume hood.

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    Küster, Simon K; Danieli, Ernesto; Blümich, Bernhard; Casanova, Federico

    2011-08-07

    This work reports the possibility to acquire high-resolution (1)H NMR spectra with a fist-sized NMR magnet directly installed under the fume hood. The small NMR sensor based on permanent magnets was used to monitor the trimerization of propionaldehyde catalyzed by indium trichloride in real time by continuously circulating the reaction mixture through the magnet bore in a closed loop with the help of a peristaltic pump. Thanks to the chemical selectivity of NMR spectroscopy the progress of the reaction can be monitored on-line by determining the concentrations of both reactant and product from the area under their respective lines in the NMR spectra as a function of time. This in situ measurement demonstrates that NMR probes can be used in chemistry laboratories, e.g. for reaction optimization, or installed at specific points of interest along industrial process lines. Therefore, it will open the door for the implementation of feedback control based on spectroscopic NMR data.

  13. Optimal reservoir conditions for fluid extraction through permeable walls in the viscous limit

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    Herschlag, Gregory; Layton, Anita T

    2015-01-01

    In biological transport mechanisms such as insect respiration and renal filtration, fluid travels along a leaky channel allowing exchange with systems exterior the the channel. The channels in these systems may undergo peristaltic pumping which is thought to enhance the material exchange. To date, little analytic work has been done to study the effect of pumping on material extraction across the channel walls. In this paper, we examine a fluid extraction model in which fluid flowing through a leaky channel is exchanged with fluid in a reservoir. The channel walls are allowed to contract and expand uniformly, simulating a pumping mechanism. In order to efficiently determine solutions of the model, we derive a formal power series solution for the Stokes equations in a finite channel with uniformly contracting/expanding permeable walls. This flow has been well studied in the case of weakly permeable channel walls in which the normal velocity at the channel walls is proportional to the wall velocity. In contrast ...

  14. Standard test method for analysis of total and isotopic uranium and total thorium in soils by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of total uranium (U) and thorium (Th) concentrations in soils, as well as the determination of the isotopic weight percentages of 234U, 235U, 236U, and 238U, thereby allowing for the calculation of individual isotopic uranium activity or total uranium activity. This inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) method is intended as an alternative analysis to methods such as alpha spectroscopy or thermal ionization mass spectroscopy (TIMS). Also, while this test method covers only those isotopes listed above, the instrumental technique may be expanded to cover other long-lived radioisotopes since the preparation technique includes the preconcentration of the actinide series of elements. The resultant sample volume can be further reduced for introduction into the ICP-MS via an electrothermal vaporization (ETV) unit or other sample introduction device, even though the standard peristaltic pump introduction is applied for this test method. The sample preparatio...

  15. Straight ileo-anal anastomosis with myectomy as an alternative to ileal pouch-anal anastomosis in restorative proctocolectomy.

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    Landi, E; Landa, L; Fianchini, A; Marmorale, C; Piloni, V

    1994-04-01

    Restorative proctocolectomy with various types of reservoir is widely used in the elective surgery of ulcerative colitis and familial adenomatous polyposis. Both, advantages and disadvantages of this procedure are well known and documented. Straight ileo-anal anastomosis (IAA) yields unsatisfactory clinical results due to the lack of storage capacity of the distal ileum and the frequency of bowel movements related to high pressure ileal waves. In an attempt to create an alternative to the above procedures, we have performed a straight ileo-anal anastomosis with two rectangular (10 cm x 1 cm) myectomies down to 2 cm, above the anastomotic line. The two myectomies are spaced at 120 degrees to each other and to the mesenteric border of the ileal loop. The rationale of this approach is to reduce the peristaltic drive of the ileum by weakening the muscular wall. This study presents the results in three patients operated on with this new method in the last year.

  16. Antispasmodic effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Thymus vulgaris on the guinea-pig ileum.

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    Babaei, Mehdi; Abarghoei, Mitra Emmami; Ansari, Reza; Vafaei, Abbas Ali; Taherian, Abbas Ali; Akhavan, Maziar Mohammad; Toussy, Gafar; Mousavi, Shahrokh

    2008-01-01

    The effects of Thymus vulgaris hydroalcoholic extract on the contractile responses of the isolated guinea-pig ileum were investigated. Contraction changes in the terminal ileum of guinea pigs were monitored using a force displacement transducer amplifier connected to a physiograph. Thymus vulgaris extract inhibited the contractile responses in a dose-dependent manner and also decreased the amplitude of peristaltic waves. It is concluded that T. vulgaris has an antispasmodic action on guinea pig ileum by decreasing the amplitudes of the muscle contractions during peristalsis. The EC50 was calculated as 1.7 mg mL(-1). In guinea-pig ileum the extract led to an antispasmodic effect, possibly by affecting the anticholinergic and serotoninergic pathways.

  17. A biomechanical model of swallowing for understanding the influence of saliva and food bolus viscosity on flavour release

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    De Loubens, Clément; Doyennette, Marion; Tréléa, Ioan Cristian; Souchon, Isabelle

    2013-01-01

    After swallowing a liquid or a semi-liquid food product, a thin film responsible for the dynamic profile of aroma release coats the pharyngeal mucosa. The objective of the present article was to understand and quantify physical mechanisms explaining pharyngeal mucosa coating. An elastohydrodynamic model of swallowing was developed for Newtonian liquids that focused on the most occluded region of the pharyngeal peristaltic wave. The model took lubrication by a saliva film and mucosa deformability into account. Food bolus flow rate and generated load were predicted as functions of three dimensionless variables: the dimensionless saliva flow rate, the viscosity ratio between saliva and the food bolus, and the elasticity number. Considering physiological conditions, the results were applied to predict aroma release kinetics. Two sets of conditions were distinguished. The first one was obtained when the saliva film is thin, in which case food bolus viscosity has a strong impact on mucosa coating and on flavour rel...

  18. The enteric nervous system promotes intestinal health by constraining microbiota composition.

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    Rolig, Annah S; Mittge, Erika K; Ganz, Julia; Troll, Josh V; Melancon, Ellie; Wiles, Travis J; Alligood, Kristin; Stephens, W Zac; Eisen, Judith S; Guillemin, Karen

    2017-02-01

    Sustaining a balanced intestinal microbial community is critical for maintaining intestinal health and preventing chronic inflammation. The gut is a highly dynamic environment, subject to periodic waves of peristaltic activity. We hypothesized that this dynamic environment is a prerequisite for a balanced microbial community and that the enteric nervous system (ENS), a chief regulator of physiological processes within the gut, profoundly influences gut microbiota composition. We found that zebrafish lacking an ENS due to a mutation in the Hirschsprung disease gene, sox10, develop microbiota-dependent inflammation that is transmissible between hosts. Profiling microbial communities across a spectrum of inflammatory phenotypes revealed that increased levels of inflammation were linked to an overabundance of pro-inflammatory bacterial lineages and a lack of anti-inflammatory bacterial lineages. Moreover, either administering a representative anti-inflammatory strain or restoring ENS function corrected the pathology. Thus, we demonstrate that the ENS modulates gut microbiota community membership to maintain intestinal health.

  19. Microprocessor-controlled colonic peristalsis: dynamic parametric modeling in dogs.

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    Rashev, Peter Z; Amaris, Manuel; Bowes, Kenneth L; Mintchev, Martin P

    2002-05-01

    The study aimed at completing a model of functional colonic electric stimulation and testing it for artificial recreation of peristalsis in dogs. Dynamic measurements of invoked single contractions obtained from two unconscious dogs as well as previously reported static contraction properties were utilized to suggest the optimal stimulation parameters of: (1) length of the stimulating electrodes, (2) separation between the successive electrode sets, (3) duration, and (4) phase lag between the stimuli sequentially applied to the electrode sets. The derived electrode configuration and stimulation pattern were adjusted for different anatomical dimensions and tested in distended colon full of viscous content. Forward and backward propagating peristaltic waves were invoked in two other unconscious dogs, indicating that the recreation of colonic peristalsis under microprocessor control is feasible.

  20. Bridging Flows: Microfluidic End‐User Solutions

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    Sabourin, David

    . A second practical challenge users face stems from the peripheral equipment, e.g. pumps, required to drive microfluidic devices. This equipment is often costly and bulky and results in limitations and restrictions on microfluidic device operation, such as the number of channels or devices which can...... be actuated or microscopic observation. To address the above issues interconnection and pumping solutions were developed. Methods for creating multiple, aligned, parallel and planar interconnections well suited to microscopy are described. Both reusable, non‐integrated, and permanent, integrated...... interconnection solutions are presented. The construction of twelve and eight channel miniaturized, mechanically actuated peristaltic pumps is also described. The small footprint of the pumps allows their placement adjacent to microfluidic devices and on microscope stages. The reusable, non...

  1. Dietary fiber and satiety: the effects of oats on satiety.

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    Rebello, Candida J; O'Neil, Carol E; Greenway, Frank L

    2016-02-01

    This review examines the effect of β-glucan, the viscous soluble fiber in oats, on satiety. A literature search for studies that examined delivery of the fiber in whole foods or as an extract was conducted. Viscosity interferes with the peristaltic mixing process in the small intestine to impede digestion and absorption of nutrients, which precipitates satiety signals. From measurements of the physicochemical and rheological properties of β-glucan, it appears that viscosity plays a key role in modulating satiety. However, the lack of standardized methods to measure viscosity and the inherent nature of appetite make it difficult to pinpoint the reasons for inconsistent results of the effects of oats on satiety. Nevertheless, the majority of the evidence suggests that oat β-glucan has a positive effect on perceptions of satiety.

  2. A Porcine Liver Model for Validation of Registration Accuracy in Image-Guided Surgery

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    Peterhans, Matthias; Dagon, Benoît; Berg, Anne Vom; Inderbitzin, Daniel; Baur, Charles; Weber, Stefan

    Correct registration between pre-operative high-resolution images and intra-operative data of lower detail is a fundamental requirement in image-guided liver surgery. We propose a multi modality liver model for measuring the accuracy of such registration methods. A freshly explanted porcine liver is artificially perfused by a peristaltic pump and liver motion is simulated by means of inflatable objects positioned around the liver. Co-registered ultrasound and CT data sets are acquired in different deformation scenarios and allow compar-ing registration outcomes with a CT data set serving as ground truth. The pre-sent work describes the experimental setup and summarizes the results from ultrasound and CT imaging.

  3. A novel milliliter-scale chemostat system for parallel cultivation of microorganisms in stirred-tank bioreactors.

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    Schmideder, Andreas; Severin, Timm Steffen; Cremer, Johannes Heinrich; Weuster-Botz, Dirk

    2015-09-20

    A pH-controlled parallel stirred-tank bioreactor system was modified for parallel continuous cultivation on a 10 mL-scale by connecting multichannel peristaltic pumps for feeding and medium removal with micro-pipes (250 μm inner diameter). Parallel chemostat processes with Escherichia coli as an example showed high reproducibility with regard to culture volume and flow rates as well as dry cell weight, dissolved oxygen concentration and pH control at steady states (n=8, coefficient of variation bioreactor on a liter-scale. Thus, parallel and continuously operated stirred-tank bioreactors on a milliliter-scale facilitate timesaving and cost reducing steady state studies with microorganisms. The applied continuous bioreactor system overcomes the drawbacks of existing miniaturized bioreactors, like poor mass transfer and insufficient process control.

  4. Use of scanning electron microscopy to monitor nanofibre/cell interaction in digestive epithelial cells.

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    Millaku, Agron; Drobne, Damjana; Torkar, Matjaz; Novak, Sara; Remškar, Maja; Pipan-Tkalec, Živa

    2013-09-15

    We provide data obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) on the interaction of ingested tungsten nanofibers with epithelial cells of the digestive tubes of a test organism Porcellio scaber. Conventional toxicity endpoints including feeding behaviour, weight loss and mortality were also measured in each investigated animal. No toxicity was detected in any of exposed animals after 14 days of feeding on tungsten nanofiber dosed food, but when nanofibers enter the digestive system they can react with epithelial cells of the digestive tubes, becoming physically inserted into the cells. In this way, nanofibers can injure the epithelial cells of digestive gland tubes when they are ingested with food. Our SEM data suggest that peristaltic forces may have an important role, not predicted by in vitro experiments, in the interactions of nanomaterials with digestive intestinal cells.

  5. Characteristics of convective heat transfer in the MHD peristalsis of Carreau fluid with Joule heating

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    Hayat, T.; Farooq, S.; Ahmad, B.; Alsaedi, A.

    2016-04-01

    This article addresses the characteristics of convective heat transfer and radially imposed magnetic field on peristaltic flow of an incompressible Carreau fluid in a curved channel. Joule heating is also present. Mathematical analysis has been carried out under long wavelength and low Reynolds number considerations. Solutions of the resulting non-linear system for small values of Weissenberg number are constructed. The salient features of flow quantities are pointed out with particular focus to pumping, velocity, temperature and trapping. It is observed pressure gradient enhances for larger values of power law index parameter. The velocity and temperature are decreasing functions of radial magnetic field parameter. Further the impact of Weissenberg and Biot numbers on the temperature are opposite.

  6. Peristalsis of nonconstant viscosity Jeffrey fluid with nanoparticles

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    Alvi, N.; Latif, T.; Hussain, Q.; Asghar, S.

    Mixed convective peristaltic activity of variable viscosity nanofluids is addressed. Unlike the conventional consideration of constant viscosity; the viscosity is taken as temperature dependent. Constitutive relations for linear viscoelastic Jeffrey fluid are employed and uniform magnetic field is applied in the transverse direction. For nanofluids, the formulation is completed in presence of Brownian motion, thermophoresis, viscous dissipation and Joule heating. Consideration of temperature dependence of viscosity is not a choice but the realistic requirement of the wall temperature and the heat generated due to the viscous dissipation. Well established large wavelength and small Reynolds number approximations are invoked. Non-linear coupled system is analytically solved for the convergent series solutions identifying the interval of convergence explicitly. A comparative study between analytical and numerical solution is made for certainty. Influence of the parameters undertaken for the description of the problem is pointed out and its physics explained.

  7. Acute appendicitis in a femoral hernia

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    Zdravković Darko

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Acute appendicitis in a femoral hernia is an uncommon condition that can be serious. Complications are more frequent if the diagnosis is delayed and surgery is not performed on time. CASE REPORT We present a 71-year-old man with a painful swollen mass. The patient presented with fatigue and loss of appetite, while body temperature was normal. The abdomen was not painful, and peristaltic was normal. All laboratory findings were normal. After anamnesis and physical examination, the presumed diagnosis was incarcerated femoral hernia and the patient was sent to the operating room. Intraoperative findings revealed an incarcerated femoral hernia within a phlegmonous inflammated appendix. Appendectomy and McVay hernioplastics were done. The postoperative course was without complications. CONCLUSION It is very important to bear in mind that right femoral hernia with signs of incarceration and inflammation may contain an acutely inflamed appendix. Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis cause greater morbidity and mortality.

  8. On the dynamic suction pumping of blood cells in tubular hearts

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    Battista, Nicholas A; Miller, Laura A

    2016-01-01

    Around the third week after gestation in embryonic development, the human heart consists only of a valvless tube, unlike a fully developed adult heart, which is multi-chambered. At this stage in development, the heart valves have not formed and so net flow of blood through the heart must be driven by a different mechanism. It is hypothesized that there are two possible mechanisms that drive blood flow at this stage - Liebau pumping (dynamic suction pumping or valveless pumping) and peristaltic pumping. We implement the immersed boundary method with adaptive mesh refinement (IBAMR) to numerically study the effect of hematocrit on the circulation around a valveless. Both peristalsis and dynamic suction pumping are considered. In the case of dynamic suction pumping, the heart and circulatory system is simplified as a flexible tube attached to a relatively rigid racetrack. For some Womersley number (Wo) regimes, there is significant net flow around the racetrack. We find that the addition of flexible blood cells ...

  9. Power augmentation of cheap, sail-type, horizontal-axis wind-turbines

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    Fleming, P. D.; Probert, S. D.

    1982-09-01

    A history of the development of windpowered machinery is presented, and the installation of tipvanes and centerbodies to enhance the performance of low cost WECS for developing countries are examined experimentally. Particular attention is given to sail wing rotors equipped with tip fins, peristaltic pumps reparable by semiskilled labor, and various configurations of tip fins and center bodies, which deflect the wind outward from the hub to the sails. Cheap, flat-plate tip fins were found to effective in augmenting rotor performance by as much as 1.6 when facing only downwind. Best results were obtained with one tip vane per sail, with the fins downwind a distance at least equal to the pitch of a wind-filled sail. Further experimentation with stationary deflectors which redirect wind into the buckets of a Savonius rotor or the sails of a horizontal axis WECS are suggested.

  10. ANTIDIARRHOEL ACTIVITY OF METHANOLIC EXTRACT OF VERNONIA CINEREA (L. LESS ON FEMALE ALBINO RATS

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    Panday Ganesh

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    Full Text Available The present study was conducted with the objectives of investigating antidiarrhoel activity of Vernonia cinerea whole plant (Family-Compositae, collected from tarai region of Uttarakhand. The plant extracts were obtained via cold extraction method. For the purpose of evaluating antidiarrhoel efficacy of methanolic extract of the plant, rats were used as test animal. The time of onset of first wet faeces increased significantly and dose dependently by the extract. It was excellent at higher doses (100 & 200 mg/kg body wt., orally. It indicated reduction in peristaltic movement of gastro intestinal tract of animals. The antidiarrhoel activity was further confirmed by its significant and dose dependent decrease in number of wet faeces and number of total faeces in comparison to rats used as control.

  11. Systolic Pressure in Different Percents of Stenosis at Major Arteries

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    Mirzaee, Mohammad Reza; Firoozabadi, Bahar; Dandaneband, Meitham

    2016-01-01

    - Modeling Human cardiovascular system is always an important issue. One of the most effective methods is using lumped model to reach to a complete model of human cardiovascular system. Such modeling with advanced considerations is used in this paper. Some of these considerations are as follow: Exact simulating of ventricles as pressure suppliers, peristaltic motion of descending arteries as additional suppliers, and dividing each vessel into more than one compartment to reach more accurate answers. Finally a circuit with more than 150 RLC segments and different elements is made. Then the verification of our complex circuit is done and at the end, obstruction as an important abnormality is investigated. For this aim different percents of obstruction in vital arteries are considered and the results are brought as different graphs at the end. According to physiological texts the citation of our simulation and its results are obvious. To earn productive information about arteries characteristics a 36-vessels mod...

  12. [Pain management for cancer patients with critical pathway on computer].

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    Hori, Natsuki; Konishi, Toshiro

    2005-02-01

    For relief from cancer pain, we developed critical pathway (CP) as an effective strategy for the medical staff treating cancer patients. This CP was made out of Microsoft Excel, and was used on personal computers. "Good sleeping" was set as the first goal and the second was "No pain in rest position." To achieve this, physicians and nurses evaluate medical efficacy and complications including nausea/vomiting, constipation, somnolence and hallucination everyday using controlled release oxycodone in addition to NSAIDs and prochlorperazine, stool softener and peristaltic stimulant for adverse effects. These outcomes lead to the medication change the next day by calculation using visual basic function due to opioid titration theory. In twelve patients this CP was acceptable, and all of them achieved the second goal within a week without severe adverse effects except constipation.

  13. 蝴蝶式多层悬臂梁压电发电装置研究%Study on Butterfly Piezoelectric Generator with Multilayer Cantilever Beams

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    龚俊杰; 沈丽佳; 唐春秀; 陈骁尧

    2014-01-01

    A butterfly piezoelectric generator with multilayer cantilever beams is designed for improving the gen-erating performance of piezoelectric generator.To investigate the generating performance of piezoelectric bimorph beam in the equipment,the output voltage theoretical model of piezoelectric cantilever beam with load on free end is established for analyzing the open-circuit output voltage of piezoelectric bimorph beam.The experimental setup is put up and physical device is also fabricated to measure the output voltage.The present theoretical results of multilayer piezoelectric generator coincide well with the related experimental data;the error is less then 10%.After the six layers of piezoelectric generator are in series,the output power can be up to six times that of the single layer,while the output voltage remains the same.It indicates that the novel butterfly multilayer piezoelectric cantilever can signif-icantly improve the generating capacity of piezoelectric generator.%为了提高压电发电装置的发电能力,设计了一种新型的蝴蝶式多层压电悬臂梁。为了研究该装置中每个压电双晶梁的发电性能,建立了在自由端外力作用下压电悬臂梁的输出电压理论模型,以此用来分析压电双晶梁的开路输出电压。制作了多层压电发电装置,并搭建实验平台对装置的发电电压进行实验测试,将实验测试数据与理论计算结果进行比较,两者误差小于10%。将发电装置中的6层压电片串联后研究发现,装置的发电电压基本不变,而发电功率可达单层的6倍,说明该新型蝴蝶式多层压电悬臂梁结构可提高发电能力。

  14. Cartilage tumors. Pathology and radiomorphology; Chondrogene Knochentumoren. Pathologie und Radiomorphologie

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    Uhl, M. [RKK-Klinikum Freiburg, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Kinderradiologie und Neuroradiologie SJK, Freiburg (Germany); Herget, G. [Universitaetsklinik Freiburg, Department Orthopaedie und Traumatologie, Freiburg (Germany); Kurz, P. [Universitaetsklinik Freiburg, Pathologisches Institut, Freiburg (Germany)

    2016-06-15

    Primary cartilage-forming tumors of the bone are frequent entities in the daily work of skeletal radiologists. This article describes the correlation of pathology and radiology in cartilage-forming skeletal tumors, in particular, enchondroma, osteochondroma, periosteal chondromas, chondroblastoma and various forms of chondrosarcoma. After reading, the radiologist should be able to deduce the different patterns of cartilage tumors on radiographs, CT, and MRI from the pathological aspects. Differentiation of enchondroma and chondrosarcoma is a frequent diagnostic challenge. Some imaging parameters, e. g., deep cortical scalloping (more than two thirds of the cortical thickness), cortical destruction, or a soft-tissue mass, are features of a sarcoma. Osteochondromas are bony protrusions with a continuous extension of bone marrow from the parent bone, the host cortical bone runs continuously from the osseous surface of the tumor into the shaft of the osteochondroma and the osteochondroma has a cartilage cap. Chondromyxoid fibromas are well-defined lytic and eccentric lesions of the metaphysis of the long bones, with nonspecific MRI findings. Chondroblastomas have a strong predilection for the epiphysis of long tubular bones and develop an intense perifocal bone marrow edema. Dedifferentiated chondrosarcomas are bimorphic lesions with a low-grade chondrogenic component and a high-grade noncartilaginous component. Most chondrogenic tumors have a predilection with regard to site and age at manifestation. (orig.) [German] Primaere knorpelbildende Tumoren sind haeufige Entitaeten in der taeglichen Arbeit des Radiologen. Der Beitrag beschreibt die Korrelation von Pathologie und Radiologie knorpelbildender Skeletttumoren, insbesondere von Enchondrom, Osteochondrom, periostalem Chondrom, Chondroblastom, und verschiedenen Varianten des Chondrosarkoms. Nach Lesen des Beitrags kann der Radiologe die verschiedenen typischen Muster knorpelbildender Tumoren im Roentgenbild

  15. Generalized megaviscera of lupus: Refractory intestinal pseudo-obstruction, ureterohydronephrosis and megacholedochus

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    Frederick D Park; Jeffrey K Lee; Ganga D Madduri; Pradipta Ghosh

    2009-01-01

    Dilated dysfunction involving multiple visceral organs has been reported in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction (CIPO) resulting from intestinal smooth muscle damage has presented in conjunction with ureterohydronephrosis and, more rarely, biliary dilatation (megacholedochus). While the molecular pathogenesis is largely unknown, observed histopathologic features include widespread myositis, myocyte necrosis in the intestinal muscularis propria with subsequent atrophy and fibrosis, preserved myenteric innervations and little vasculitis. High dose immunosuppression usually results in resolution of symptoms with recovery of smooth muscle function, indicative of an autoimmune etiology. We report a patient with SLE who presented with intestinal pseudo-obstruction, ureterohydronephrosis and megacholedochus, and present images that illustrate megaviscera simultaneously involving all 3 visceral organs. Since the co-manifestation of all 3 is unusual and has been reported only once previously, we have termed this rare clinical syndrome generalized megaviscera of lupus (GML). Although the SLE disease-activity parameters responded to aggressive immunomodulative therapy in our patient, clinical evidence of peristaltic dysfunction persisted in all involved viscera. This is a variation from the favorable outcomes reported previously in SLE patients with GML and we attribute this poor clinical outcome to disease severity and, most importantly, delayed clinical presentation. Since inflammation followed by atrophy and fibrosis are key aspects in the pathogenesis and natural history of GML, the poor response in our patient who presented late in the clinical course irreversible end-stage fibrosis. Thus, early recognition and timely initiation of treatment may be the key to recover visceral peristaltic function in patients with GML.

  16. Evaluation of flow injection analysis for determination of cholinesterase activities in biological material.

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    Cabal, Jiri; Bajgar, Jiri; Kassa, Jiri

    2010-09-06

    The method for automatic continual monitoring of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in biological material is described. It is based on flexible system of plastic pipes mixing samples of biological material with reagents for enzyme determination; reaction product penetrates through the semipermeable membrane and it is spectrophotometrically determined (Ellman's method). It consists of sampling (either in vitro or in vivo), adding the substrate and flowing to dialyzer; reaction product (thiocholine) is dialyzed and mixed with 5,5'-dithio-bis-2-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB) transported to flow spectrophotometer. Flowing of all materials is realised using peristaltic pump. The method was validated: time for optimal hydratation of the cellophane membrane; type of the membrane; type of dialyzer; conditions for optimal permeation of reaction components; optimization of substrate and DTNB concentrations (linear dependence); efficacy of peristaltic pump; calibration of analytes after permeation through the membrane; excluding of the blood permeation through the membrane. Some examples of the evaluation of the effects of AChE inhibitors are described. It was demonstrated very good uniformity of peaks representing the enzyme activity (good reproducibility); time dependence of AChE inhibition caused by VX in vitro in the rat blood allowing to determine the half life of inhibition and thus, bimolecular rate constants of inhibition; reactivation of inhibited AChE by some reactivators, and continual monitoring of the activity in the whole blood in vivo in intact and VX-intoxicated rats. The method is simple and not expensive, allowing automatic determination of AChE activity in discrete or continual samples in vitro or in vivo. It will be evaluated for further research of cholinesterase inhibitors.

  17. Rapid freezing cryo-polymerization and microchannel liquid-flow focusing for cryogel beads: adsorbent preparation and characterization of supermacroporous bead-packed bed.

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    Yun, Junxian; Dafoe, Julian T; Peterson, Eric; Xu, Linhong; Yao, Shan-Jing; Daugulis, Andrew J

    2013-04-05

    Cryogel beads, fabricated by the microchannel liquid-flow focusing and cryo-polymerization method, have micron-scale supermacropores allowing the passage of crude feedstocks, and could be of interest as chromatographic adsorbents in bioseparation applications. In this work, we provide a rapid freezing and continuous formation method for cryogel beads by cryo-polymerization using dry ice particles as the freezing source and microchannel liquid-flow focusing using peristaltic pumps for the fluid supply. Polyacrylamide (pAAm)-based supermacroporous cryogel beads were prepared and grafted with N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), which provided the anion-exchange cryogel beads with tertiary amine functional groups suitable for binding proteins. Properties of the supermacroporous cryogel-bead packed bed, i.e., permeability, bed voidage, protein breakthrough as well as protein adsorption performance by using bovine γ-globulin as model protein, were experimentally investigated. A capillary-based model was employed to characterize the supermacroporous bed performance, and gave a reasonable description of the microstructure and thus an insight into the flow, dispersion and mass transfer behaviors within the cryogel bead-packed bed. The results also showed that by using dry ice as the freezing source, it is easy to reduce the temperature below -55 to -61°C in the bulk solution, causing the rapid formation of ice crystals within the monomer drops, and finally effective cryo-polymerization to form supermacropores within the cryogel beads. By using peristaltic pumps, continuous preparation was achieved and the obtained cryogel beads had favorable properties similar to those prepared using syringe pumps in the microchannel liquid-flow focusing process. This method is thus expected to be interesting in the liter- or even larger-scale preparation of cryogel adsorbents.

  18. Radiography and image-intensified fluoroscopy of barium passage through the gastrointestinal tract in six healthy Amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva).

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    Vink-Nooteboom, Mariette; Lumeij, J T; Wolvekamp, W T C

    2003-01-01

    Gastrointestinal contrast studies were performed in six clinically healthy blue-fronted Amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva) using radiography and image-intensified fluoroscopy. During examination, the birds were confined in a perspex cage. The quality of the lateral radiographs was adequate for assessment of the contrast medium-filled gastrointestinal tract. Thirty minutes after administration of 20 mL/kg of a 25% barium sulphate suspension directly in the crop, in all birds the ventriculus was totally outlined by barium. After 60 min, the small intestine was filled in five of six birds. After 180 min, the crop was empty in all birds. The barium-outlined ventriculus had differences in shape on radiographs of individual birds and also between birds. The colon and cloaca had further filling after 120 to 300 min. With image-intensified fluoroscopy, gastrointestinal motility was evaluated. Contractions of the crop were seen, and boluses of contrast medium passing through the esophagus toward the proventriculus were easily identified. Proventricular contractions were rarely noted, but ventriculus motility was present and clearly defined. The ventriculus had a mean of 3.7 contraction cycles/min. In the duodenum and small intestine, rapid antegrade and retrograde peristaltic movements in combination with segmental contractions were seen. In the colon, occasionally very slow peristaltic activity, mainly of segmental nature, was present. During the examinations, no defeacation was recorded. Confinement in a small perspex cage provides an adequate and handy radiological set-up for evaluation of gastrointestinal passage and motility in birds, minimizing the influences of stress and anesthesia.

  19. Evaluation of heart tissue viability under redox-magnetohydrodynamics conditions: toward fine-tuning flow in biological microfluidics applications.

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    Cheah, Lih Tyng; Fritsch, Ingrid; Haswell, Stephen J; Greenman, John

    2012-07-01

    A microfluidic system containing a chamber for heart tissue biopsies, perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer containing glucose and antibiotic (KHGB) using peristaltic pumps and continuously stimulated, was used to evaluate tissue viability under redox-magnetohydrodynamics (redox-MHD) conditions. Redox-MHD possesses unique capabilities to control fluid flow using ionic current from oxidation and reduction processes at electrodes in a magnetic field, making it attractive to fine-tune fluid flow around tissues for "tissue-on-a-chip" applications. The manuscript describes a parallel setup to study two tissue samples simultaneously, and 6-min static incubation with Triton X100. Tissue viability was subsequently determined by assaying perfusate for lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, where LDH serves as an injury marker. Incubation with KHGB containing 5 mM hexaammineruthenium(III) (ruhex) redox species with and without a pair of NdFeB magnets (∼ 0.39 T, placed parallel to the chamber) exhibited no additional tissue insult. MHD fluid flow, viewed by tracking microbeads with microscopy, occurred only when the magnet was present and stimulating electrodes were activated. Pulsating MHD flow with a frequency similar to the stimulating waveform was superimposed over thermal convection (from a hotplate) for Triton-KHGB, but fluid speed was up to twice as fast for ruhex-Triton-KHGB. A large transient ionic current, achieved when switching on the stimulating electrodes, generates MHD perturbations visible over varying peristaltic flow. The well-controlled flow methodology of redox-MHD is applicable to any tissue type, being useful in various drug uptake and toxicity studies, and can be combined equally with on- or off-device analysis modalities.

  20. Moving domain computational fluid dynamics to interface with an embryonic model of cardiac morphogenesis.

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    Full Text Available Peristaltic contraction of the embryonic heart tube produces time- and spatial-varying wall shear stress (WSS and pressure gradients (∇P across the atrioventricular (AV canal. Zebrafish (Danio rerio are a genetically tractable system to investigate cardiac morphogenesis. The use of Tg(fli1a:EGFP (y1 transgenic embryos allowed for delineation and two-dimensional reconstruction of the endocardium. This time-varying wall motion was then prescribed in a two-dimensional moving domain computational fluid dynamics (CFD model, providing new insights into spatial and temporal variations in WSS and ∇P during cardiac development. The CFD simulations were validated with particle image velocimetry (PIV across the atrioventricular (AV canal, revealing an increase in both velocities and heart rates, but a decrease in the duration of atrial systole from early to later stages. At 20-30 hours post fertilization (hpf, simulation results revealed bidirectional WSS across the AV canal in the heart tube in response to peristaltic motion of the wall. At 40-50 hpf, the tube structure undergoes cardiac looping, accompanied by a nearly 3-fold increase in WSS magnitude. At 110-120 hpf, distinct AV valve, atrium, ventricle, and bulbus arteriosus form, accompanied by incremental increases in both WSS magnitude and ∇P, but a decrease in bi-directional flow. Laminar flow develops across the AV canal at 20-30 hpf, and persists at 110-120 hpf. Reynolds numbers at the AV canal increase from 0.07±0.03 at 20-30 hpf to 0.23±0.07 at 110-120 hpf (p< 0.05, n=6, whereas Womersley numbers remain relatively unchanged from 0.11 to 0.13. Our moving domain simulations highlights hemodynamic changes in relation to cardiac morphogenesis; thereby, providing a 2-D quantitative approach to complement imaging analysis.

  1. Patterns of presynaptic activity and synaptic strength interact to produce motor output.

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    Wright, Terrence Michael; Calabrese, Ronald L

    2011-11-30

    Motor neuron activity is coordinated by premotor networks into a functional motor pattern by complex patterns of synaptic drive. These patterns combine both the temporal pattern of spikes of the premotor network and the profiles of synaptic strengths (i.e., conductances). Given the complexity of premotor networks in vertebrates, it has been difficult to ascertain the relative contributions of temporal patterns and synaptic strength profiles to the motor patterns observed in these animals. Here, we use the leech (Hirudo sp.) heartbeat central pattern generator (CPG), in which we can measure both the temporal pattern and the synaptic strength profiles of the entire premotor network and the motor outflow in individual animals. In this system, a series of motor neurons all receive input from the same premotor interneurons of the CPG but must be coordinated differentially to produce a functional pattern. These properties allow a theoretical and experimental dissection of the rules that govern how temporal patterns and synaptic strength profiles are combined in motor neurons so that functional motor patterns emerge, including an analysis of the impact of animal-to-animal variation in input to such variation in output. In the leech, segmental heart motor neurons are coordinated alternately in a synchronous and peristaltic pattern. We show that synchronous motor patterns result from a nearly synchronous premotor temporal pattern produced by the leech heartbeat CPG. For peristaltic motor patterns, the staggered premotor temporal pattern determines the phase range over which segmental motor neurons can fire while synaptic strength profiles define the intersegmental motor phase progression realized.

  2. Novel insights into the echinoderm nervous system from histaminergic and FMRFaminergic-like cells in the sea cucumber Leptosynapta clarki.

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    Hoekstra, Luke A; Moroz, Leonid L; Heyland, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    Understanding of the echinoderm nervous system is limited due to its distinct organization in comparison to other animal phyla and by the difficulty in accessing it. The transparent and accessible, apodid sea cucumber Leptosynapta clarki provides novel opportunities for detailed characterization of echinoderm neural systems. The present study used immunohistochemistry against FMRFamide and histamine to describe the neural organization in juvenile and adult sea cucumbers. Histaminergic- and FMRFaminergic-like immunoreactivity is reported in several distinct cell types throughout the body of L. clarki. FMRFamide-like immunoreactive cell bodies were found in the buccal tentacles, esophageal region and in proximity to the radial nerve cords. Sensory-like cells in the tentacles send processes toward the circumoral nerve ring, while unipolar and bipolar cells close to the radial nerve cords display extensive processes in close association with muscle and other cells of the body wall. Histamine-like immunoreactivity was identified in neuronal somatas located in the buccal tentacles, circumoral nerve ring and in papillae distributed across the body. The tentacular cells send processes into the nerve ring, while the processes of cells in the body wall papillae extend to the surface epithelium and radial nerve cords. Pharmacological application of histamine produced a strong coordinated, peristaltic response of the body wall suggesting the role of histamine in the feeding behavior. Our immunohistochemical data provide evidence for extensive connections between the hyponeural and ectoneural nervous system in the sea cucumber, challenging previously held views on a clear functional separation of the sub-components of the nervous system. Furthermore, our data indicate a potential function of histamine in coordinated, peristaltic movements; consistent with feeding patterns in this species. This study on L. clarki illustrates how using a broader range of neurotransmitter systems

  3. Dynamic Compression Enhances Pressure-to-Pain Threshold in Elite Athlete Recovery: Exploratory Study.

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    Sands, William A; McNeal, Jeni R; Murray, Steven R; Stone, Michael H

    2015-05-01

    Athlete recovery-adaptation is crucial to the progress and performance of highly trained athletes. The purpose of this study was to assess peristaltic pulse dynamic compression (PPDC) in reducing short-term pressure-to-pain threshold (PPT) among Olympic Training Center athletes after morning training. Muscular tenderness and stiffness are common symptoms of fatigue and exercise-induced muscle microtrauma and edema. Twenty-four highly trained athletes (men = 12 and women = 12) volunteered to participate in this study. The athletes were randomly assigned to experimental (n = 12) and control (n = 12) groups. Pressure-to-pain threshold measurements were conducted with a manual algometer on 3 lower extremity muscles. Experimental group athletes underwent PPDC on both legs through computer-controlled circumferential inflated leggings that used a peristaltic-like pressure pattern from feet to groin. Pressures in each cell were set to factory defaults. Treatment time was 15 minutes. The control group performed the same procedures except that the inflation pump to the leggings was off. The experimental timeline included a morning training session, followed by a PPT pretest, treatment application (PPDC or control), an immediate post-test (PPT), and a delayed post-test (PPT) after the afternoon practice session. Difference score results showed that the experimental group's PPT threshold improved after PPDC treatment immediately and persisted the remainder of the day after afternoon practice. The control group showed no statistical change. We conclude that PPDC is a promising means of accelerating and enhancing recovery after the normal aggressive training that occurs in Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes.

  4. Moving domain computational fluid dynamics to interface with an embryonic model of cardiac morphogenesis.

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    Lee, Juhyun; Moghadam, Mahdi Esmaily; Kung, Ethan; Cao, Hung; Beebe, Tyler; Miller, Yury; Roman, Beth L; Lien, Ching-Ling; Chi, Neil C; Marsden, Alison L; Hsiai, Tzung K

    2013-01-01

    Peristaltic contraction of the embryonic heart tube produces time- and spatial-varying wall shear stress (WSS) and pressure gradients (∇P) across the atrioventricular (AV) canal. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are a genetically tractable system to investigate cardiac morphogenesis. The use of Tg(fli1a:EGFP) (y1) transgenic embryos allowed for delineation and two-dimensional reconstruction of the endocardium. This time-varying wall motion was then prescribed in a two-dimensional moving domain computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, providing new insights into spatial and temporal variations in WSS and ∇P during cardiac development. The CFD simulations were validated with particle image velocimetry (PIV) across the atrioventricular (AV) canal, revealing an increase in both velocities and heart rates, but a decrease in the duration of atrial systole from early to later stages. At 20-30 hours post fertilization (hpf), simulation results revealed bidirectional WSS across the AV canal in the heart tube in response to peristaltic motion of the wall. At 40-50 hpf, the tube structure undergoes cardiac looping, accompanied by a nearly 3-fold increase in WSS magnitude. At 110-120 hpf, distinct AV valve, atrium, ventricle, and bulbus arteriosus form, accompanied by incremental increases in both WSS magnitude and ∇P, but a decrease in bi-directional flow. Laminar flow develops across the AV canal at 20-30 hpf, and persists at 110-120 hpf. Reynolds numbers at the AV canal increase from 0.07±0.03 at 20-30 hpf to 0.23±0.07 at 110-120 hpf (p< 0.05, n=6), whereas Womersley numbers remain relatively unchanged from 0.11 to 0.13. Our moving domain simulations highlights hemodynamic changes in relation to cardiac morphogenesis; thereby, providing a 2-D quantitative approach to complement imaging analysis.

  5. Biomechanics of milk extraction during breast-feeding.

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    Elad, David; Kozlovsky, Pavel; Blum, Omry; Laine, Andrew F; Po, Ming Jack; Botzer, Eyal; Dollberg, Shaul; Zelicovich, Mabel; Ben Sira, Liat

    2014-04-08

    How do infants extract milk during breast-feeding? We have resolved a century-long scientific controversy, whether it is sucking of the milk by subatmospheric pressure or mouthing of the nipple-areola complex to induce a peristaltic-like extraction mechanism. Breast-feeding is a dynamic process, which requires coupling between periodic motions of the infant's jaws, undulation of the tongue, and the breast milk ejection reflex. The physical mechanisms executed by the infant have been intriguing topics. We used an objective and dynamic analysis of ultrasound (US) movie clips acquired during breast-feeding to explore the tongue dynamic characteristics. Then, we developed a new 3D biophysical model of the breast and lactiferous tubes that enables the mimicking of dynamic characteristics observed in US imaging during breast-feeding, and thereby, exploration of the biomechanical aspects of breast-feeding. We have shown, for the first time to our knowledge, that latch-on to draw the nipple-areola complex into the infant mouth, as well as milk extraction during breast-feeding, require development of time-varying subatmospheric pressures within the infant's oral cavity. Analysis of the US movies clearly demonstrated that tongue motility during breast-feeding was fairly periodic. The anterior tongue, which is wedged between the nipple-areola complex and the lower lips, moves as a rigid body with the cycling motion of the mandible, while the posterior section of the tongue undulates in a pattern similar to a propagating peristaltic wave, which is essential for swallowing.

  6. Use of scanning electron microscopy to monitor nanofibre/cell interaction in digestive epithelial cells

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    Millaku, Agron, E-mail: agron.mi@hotmail.com [Limnos-Company for Applied Ecology Ltd, Podlimbarskega 31, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Drobne, Damjana [University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Centre of Excellence, Advanced Materials and Technologies for the Future (CO NAMASTE), Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Centre of Excellence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Nanocentre), Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Torkar, Matjaz [Institute of Metals and Technology IMT, Lepi pot 11, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Jožef Stefan Institute, Condensed Matter Physics Department, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Novak, Sara [University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Remškar, Maja [Jožef Stefan Institute, Condensed Matter Physics Department, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Pipan-Tkalec, Živa [University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2013-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Scanning electron microscopy is particularly well suited to the observation of nanofibre/cell interaction in the endothelial cells lining the hepatopancreas. (a) Tungsten oxide nanofibres, (b) test organism Porcellio scaber and schematic appearance of digestive tubes, (c) digestive tube (hepatopancreas) prepared for SEM investigation, (d) digestive gland cells (C) with nanofibres (NF) embedded in the cell membrane and (e) nanofibres inserted deeply in the cells and damaged nanofibres due to peristalsis. -- Highlights: • Tungsten oxide nanofibres react physically with digestive gland epithelial cells in Porcellio scaber. • Physical peristaltic forces of lead to insertion of nanofibres into the cells. • No toxic responses as measured by conventional toxicity biomarkers were detected. • Physical interactions were observed in a majority of the investigated animals. -- Abstract: We provide data obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) on the interaction of ingested tungsten nanofibers with epithelial cells of the digestive tubes of a test organism Porcellio scaber. Conventional toxicity endpoints including feeding behaviour, weight loss and mortality were also measured in each investigated animal. No toxicity was detected in any of exposed animals after 14 days of feeding on tungsten nanofiber dosed food, but when nanofibers enter the digestive system they can react with epithelial cells of the digestive tubes, becoming physically inserted into the cells. In this way, nanofibers can injure the epithelial cells of digestive gland tubes when they are ingested with food. Our SEM data suggest that peristaltic forces may have an important role, not predicted by in vitro experiments, in the interactions of nanomaterials with digestive intestinal cells.

  7. A simulation of the performance of a self-tuning energy harvesting cantilever beam

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    Kaplan, J. L.; Bonello, P.; Alalwan, M.

    2016-09-01

    A vibration energy harvester is typically a cantilever beam made up of one or two layers of piezoelectric material that is clamped at one end to a vibrating host structure. The harvester is typically tuned to the frequency of the ambient vibration to ensure maximum power generation. One method to ensure that the system stays tuned in the presence of a varying frequency is to attach a mass to the cantilever and apply a control system to adjust its position along the cantilever according to the ambient frequency. This paper presents a simulation of the performance of such a system, based on a distributed parameter electromechanical model of the sliding-mass beam. A variety of control systems are used to adjust the position of the movable mass during operation and are compared for their efficacy in maintaining resonance over a varying excitation frequency. It was found that the resonance frequency of a bimorph cantilever VEH (Vibration Energy Harvester) could be successfully tuned over a wide frequency range. Moreover, it is also found that much of the voltage output reduction at higher frequencies could be compensated for by a separate control system used to adjust the capacitor load.

  8. Ultrasonic motors with polymer-based vibrators.

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    Wu, Jiang; Mizuno, Yosuke; Tabaru, Marie; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2015-12-01

    With their characteristics of low density and elastic moduli, polymers are promising materials for making ultrasonic motors (USMs) with high energy density. Although it has been believed for a long time that polymers are too lossy to be applied to high-amplitude vibrators, there are several new polymers that exhibit excellent vibration characteristics. First, we measure the damping coefficients of some functional polymers to explore the applicability of polymers as vibrators for USMs. Second, to investigate the vibration characteristics, we fabricate bimorph vibrators using several kinds of polymers that have low attenuation. Third, a bending mode USM is fabricated with a polymer rod and four piezoelectric plates bonded on the rod as a typical example of a USM. Through an experimental investigation of the motor performance, it was found that the polymer-based USMs exhibited higher rotation velocity than the aluminum-based USM under a light preload, although the maximum torque of the polymer-based USMs was smaller than the aluminum-based USM. Among the tested polymers, polyphenylenesulfide was a prospective material for USMs under light preloads because of the high amplitude and lightweight of polyphenylenesulfide.

  9. Alumimun nitride piezoelectric NEMS resonators and switches

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    Piazza, G.

    2010-04-01

    A major challenge associated with the demonstration of high frequency and fast NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS) components is the ability to efficiently transduce the nanomechanical device. This work presents noteworthy opportunities associated with the scaling of piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) films from the micro to the nano realm and their application to the making of efficient NEMS resonators and switches that can be directly interfaced with conventional electronics. Experimental data showing NEMS AlN resonators (250 nm thick with lateral features as small as 300 nm) vibrating at record-high frequencies approaching 10 GHz with Qs close to 500 are presented. These NEMS resonators could be employed as sensors to tag analyte concentrations that reach the part per trillion levels or for frequency synthesis and filtering in ultra-compact microwave transceivers. 100 nm thick AlN films have been used to fabricate NEMS actuators for mechanical computing applications. Experimental data confirming that bimorph nanopiezo- actuators have the same piezoelectric properties of microscale counterparts and can be adopted for the implementation of mechanical logic elements are presented.

  10. Using iridium films to compensate for piezo-electric materials processing stresses in adjustable x-ray optics

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    Ames, A.; Bruni, R.; Cotroneo, V.; Johnson-Wilke, R.; Kester, T.; Reid, P.; Romaine, S.; Tolier-McKinstry, S.; Wilke, R. H. T.

    2015-09-01

    Adjustable X-ray optics represent a potential enabling technology for simultaneously achieving large effective area and high angular resolution for future X-ray Astronomy missions. The adjustable optics employ a bimorph mirror composed of a thin (1.5 μm) film of piezoelectric material deposited on the back of a 0.4 mm thick conical mirror segment. The application of localized electric fields in the piezoelectric material, normal to the mirror surface, result in localized deformations in mirror shape. Thus, mirror fabrication and mounting induced figure errors can be corrected, without the need for a massive reaction structure. With this approach, though, film stresses in the piezoelectric layer, resulting from deposition, crystallization, and differences in coefficient of thermal expansion, can distort the mirror. The large relative thickness of the piezoelectric material compared to the glass means that even 100MPa stresses can result in significant distortions. We have examined compensating for the piezoelectric processing related distortions by the deposition of controlled stress chromium/iridium films on the front surface of the mirror. We describe our experiments with tuning the product of the chromium/iridium film stress and film thickness to balance that resulting from the piezoelectric layer. We also evaluated the repeatability of this deposition process, and the robustness of the iridium coating.

  11. Optimization of piezoelectric energy harvester for wireless smart sensors in railway health monitoring

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    Li, Jingcheng; Jang, Shinae; Tang, Jiong

    2013-04-01

    Wireless sensor network is one of the prospective methods for railway monitoring due to the long-term operation and low-maintenance performances. How to supply power to the wireless sensor nodes has drawn much attention recently. In railway monitoring, the idea of converting ambient vibration energy from vibration of railway track induced by passing trains to electric energy has made it a potential way for powering the wireless sensor nodes. Nowadays, most of vibration based energy harvesters are designed at resonance. However, as railway vibration frequency is a wide band range, how to design an energy harvester working at that range is critical. In this paper, the energy consumption of the wireless smart sensor platform, Imote2, at different working states were investigated. Based on the energy consumption, a design of a bimorph cantilever piezoelectric energy harvester has been optimized to generate maximum average power between a wide-band frequency range. Significant power and current outputs have been increased after optimal design. Finally, the rechargeable battery life for supplying the Imote2 for railway monitoring is predicted by using the optimized piezoelectric energy harvesting system.

  12. Piezoelectric d36 in-plane shear-mode of lead-free BZT-BCT single crystals for torsion actuation

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    Berik, P.; Chang, W.-Y.; Jiang, X.

    2017-01-01

    We report the study of piezoelectric direct torsion actuation mechanism using lead-free piezoelectric d36 in-plane shear-mode BZT-BCT single crystals. The generated angle of twist of the piezoelectric torsion actuator was obtained from the transverse deflection measurement using a laser vibrometer. The bi-morph torsional actuator, consisting of two lead-free piezoelectric BZT-BCT in-plane shear-mode single crystals with a giant piezoelectric d36 shear strain coefficient of 1590 pC/N, provided a rate of twist of 34.12 mm/m under a quasi-static 15 V drive. The experimental benchmark was further modelled and verified by the ANSYS software using three dimensional (3D) piezoelectric finite elements. The experimental results revealed that lead-free piezoelectric BZT-BCT d36-mode single crystal is a superior candidate for piezoelectric torsion actuation. This lead-free piezoelectric BZT-BCT d36-mode torsion actuator can be effectively applied in torsional deformation control by taking into account the environmental considerations.

  13. Multilayer laminated piezoelectric bending actuators: design and manufacturing for optimum power density and efficiency

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    Jafferis, Noah T.; Lok, Mario; Winey, Nastasia; Wei, Gu-Yeon; Wood, Robert J.

    2016-05-01

    In previous work we presented design and manufacturing rules for optimizing the energy density of piezoelectric bimorph actuators through the use of laser-induced melting, insulating edge coating, and features for rigid ground attachments to maximize force output, as well as a pre-stacked technique to enable mass customization. Here we adapt these techniques to bending actuators with four active layers, which utilize thinner material layers. This allows the use of lower operating voltages, which is important for overall power usage optimization, as typical small-scale power supplies are low-voltage and the efficiency of boost-converter and drive circuitry increases with decreasing output voltage. We show that this optimization results in a 24%-47% reduction in the weight of the required power supply (depending on the type of drive circuit used). We also present scaling arguments to determine when multi-layer actuator are preferable to thinner actuators, and show that our techniques are capable of scaling down to sub-mg weight actuators.

  14. A porous silicon thermally tunable optical filter

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    Song, Da; Tokranova, Natalya; Gracias, Alison; Castracane, James

    2008-02-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) is a promising material for the creation of optical components for chip-to-chip interconnects because of its unique optical properties, flexible fabrication methods and integration with conventional CMOS material sets. In this paper, we present a novel active optical filter made of PSi to select desired optical wavelengths. The tunable membrane type optical filter is based on a Fabry-Perot interferometer employing two Bragg reflectors separated by an adjustable air gap, which can be thermally controlled. The Bragg reflectors contain alternating layers of high and low porosities. These layers were created by electrochemical etching of p+ type silicon wafers by varying the applied current during etching process. Micro bimorph actuators are designed to control the movement of the top DBR mirror, which changes the cavity thickness. By varying the applied current, the proposed filter can tune the transmitted wavelength of the optical signal. Various geometrical shapes and sizes ranging from 100μm to 1mm of the active filtering region have been realized for specific applications. The MOEMS technology-based device fabrication is fully compatible with the existing IC mass fabrication processes, and can be integrated with a variety of active and passive optical components to realize inter-chip or intra-chip communication at the system level at a relatively low cost.

  15. Electromechanical performances of different shapes of piezoelectric energy harvesters

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    Paquin, S.; St-Amant, Y. [Laval Univ., Quebec City, PQ (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2009-07-01

    This study examined the feasibility of harvesting mechanical energy from vibrating structures using the direct piezoelectric effect of a bimorph cantilever beam with integrated piezoceramic elements. A harvester consisting of a cantilever tapered beam, two bonded piezoelectric ceramics and two masses at its end was investigated with particular reference to the effect of harvester geometry on electromechanical performance. This paper summarized the material properties of each element and presented numerical simulations to demonstrate the increase in performances when using a tapered beam harvester instead of constant cross section harvester. Three case studies were presented, including a standard rectangular harvester, an equivalent mass/stiffness tapered beam harvester and an equivalent maximal strain tapered beam harvester. They all had a first short circuit natural frequency of 100 Hz. In order to evaluate model quality and the results accuracy, the harvester structure was modeled using finite element with NxNastran 5. The study showed that the efficiency of a cantilever beam vibration energy harvester can be increased by using a variable thickness. A semianalytical model that takes both the dynamic and the electromechanical behaviour of the harvester into account showed that the energy harvested can be increased by 69 per cent when the thickness of the beam was varied. Varying the thickness of the beam also results in more uniform strain distribution, thereby increasing the amount of energy that can be harvested. 7 refs., 2 tabs., 6 figs.

  16. High-resolution diffraction X-ray optics%高分辨率X射线衍射光学元件

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    Alexei Erko; Alexander Firsov

    2007-01-01

    A review of different diffraction optical elements developed at BESSY for X-ray focusing is presented.Bragg-Fresnel optics as a basic element to design effective and high resolution X-ray focusing and dispersive X-ray optics is discussed.An experimental investigation of the combination of a long focal distance Bragg-Fresnel lens with a bimorph mirror is described.A reflection Fresnel zone plate has been tested as a focusing and dispersion optical element for X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)on short-time pulse beamline.%评述了BESSY研制的用于X射线聚焦的各种衍射光学元件.基于布拉格-菲涅耳光学元件,设计了高效高分辨率X射线聚焦和色散光学元件.描述了对长焦距布拉格-菲涅耳透镜与可变曲率半径反射镜组合所做的实验研究.用一块反射菲涅耳波带板作聚焦和色散光学元件进行了短脉冲X射线吸收谱(XAS)的测量.

  17. Active vibration control of a composite wing model using PZT sensors/actuators and virtex: 4 FPGAs

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    Prakash, Shashikala; Venkatasubramanyam, D. V.; Krishnan, Bharath; Pavate, Aravind; Kabra, Hemant

    2009-07-01

    The reduction of vibration in Aircraft/Aerospace structures as well as helicopter fuselage is becoming increasingly important. A traditional approach to vibration control uses passive techniques which are relatively large, costly and ineffective at low frequencies. Active Vibration Control (AVC), apart from having benefits in size, weight, volume and cost, efficiently attenuates low frequency vibration. Hitherto this was being achieved using high speed Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). But the throughput requirements of general purpose DSPs have increased very much and the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have emerged as an alternative. The silicon resources of an FPGA lead to staggering performance gains i.e. they are 100 times faster than DSPs. In the present paper Active Vibration Control of a Composite Research Wing Model is investigated using Piezo electric patches as sensors and PZT bimorph actuators collocated on the bottom surface as secondary actuators. Attempt has been made to realize the State - of - the - Art Active Vibration Controller using the Xilinx System Generator on VIRTEX - 4 FPGA. The control has been achieved by implementing the Filtered-X Least Mean Square (FXLMS) based adaptive filter on the FPGA. Single channel real time control has been successfully implemented & tested on the composite research wing model.

  18. Low-frequency meandering piezoelectric vibration energy harvester.

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    Berdy, David F; Srisungsitthisunti, Pornsak; Jung, Byunghoo; Xu, Xianfan; Rhoads, Jeffrey F; Peroulis, Dimitrios

    2012-05-01

    The design, fabrication, and characterization of a novel low-frequency meandering piezoelectric vibration energy harvester is presented. The energy harvester is designed for sensor node applications where the node targets a width-to-length aspect ratio close to 1:1 while simultaneously achieving a low resonant frequency. The measured power output and normalized power density are 118 μW and 5.02 μW/mm(3)/g(2), respectively, when excited by an acceleration magnitude of 0.2 g at 49.7 Hz. The energy harvester consists of a laser-machined meandering PZT bimorph. Two methods, strain-matched electrode (SME) and strain-matched polarization (SMP), are utilized to mitigate the voltage cancellation caused by having both positive and negative strains in the piezoelectric layer during operation at the meander's first resonant frequency. We have performed finite element analysis and experimentally demonstrated a prototype harvester with a footprint of 27 x 23 mm and a height of 6.5 mm including the tip mass. The device achieves a low resonant frequency while maintaining a form factor suitable for sensor node applications. The meandering design enables energy harvesters to harvest energy from vibration sources with frequencies less than 100 Hz within a compact footprint.

  19. Repeatable Shape Memory Effect and Mechanical Resonance of TiNiCu-Coated Magnetic Ribbons

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    Ishii, O; Miyahara, Y; Kambe, S; Kutsuzawa, N [Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-8510 (Japan); Ishida, A, E-mail: oishii@yz.yamagata-u.ac.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a new bimorph-type actuator composed of a shape-memory-alloy coated magnetic ribbon. A high magnetostrictive amorphous ribbon (Metglas 2605SC, 37 mmx6 mmx0.025 mm) coated with a 1.0 {mu}m thick sputter-deposited Ti{sub 48.5}Ni{sub 33.5}Cu{sub 18} film exhibited a repeatable shape memory effect in the temperature range from 10 deg. C to 70 deg. C; reverse martensitic transformation upon heating bent the ribbon and martensitic transformation upon cooling flattened it. Simultaneous application of AC and DC magnetic fields excited the longitudinal mechanical vibration which can be monitored wirelessly with a pickup coil. The resonance frequency was proportional to the displacement of the ribbon within an accuracy of 0.76%. Consequently, it is confirmed that a TiNiCu-coated magnetic ribbon actuator with high positioning resolution can be realized by monitoring its resonance frequency and feeding back it to the heating and/or cooling power control algorithms.

  20. Ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography with monochromatic and chromatic aberration correction.

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    Zawadzki, Robert J; Cense, Barry; Zhang, Yan; Choi, Stacey S; Miller, Donald T; Werner, John S

    2008-05-26

    We have developed an improved adaptive optics - optical coherence tomography (AO-OCT) system and evaluated its performance for in vivo imaging of normal and pathologic retina. The instrument provides unprecedented image quality at the retina with isotropic 3D resolution of 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 microm(3). Critical to the instrument's resolution is a customized achromatizing lens that corrects for the eye's longitudinal chromatic aberration and an ultra broadband light source (Delta lambda=112 nm lambda(0)= approximately 836 nm). The eye's transverse chromatic aberrations is modeled and predicted to be sufficiently small for the imaging conditions considered. The achromatizing lens was strategically placed at the light input of the AO-OCT sample arm. This location simplifies use of the achromatizing lens and allows straightforward implementation into existing OCT systems. Lateral resolution was achieved with an AO system that cascades two wavefront correctors, a large stroke bimorph deformable mirror (DM) and a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) DM with a high number of actuators. This combination yielded diffraction-limited imaging in the eyes examined. An added benefit of the broadband light source is the reduction of speckle size in the axial dimension. Additionally, speckle contrast was reduced by averaging multiple B-scans of the same proximal patch of retina. The combination of improved micron-scale 3D resolution, and reduced speckle size and contrast were found to significantly improve visibility of microscopic structures in the retina.

  1. Powering autonomous sensors with miniaturized piezoelectric based energy harvesting devices operating at very low frequency

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    Ferin, G.; Bantignies, C.; Le Khanh, H.; Flesch, E.; Nguyen-Dinh, A.

    2015-12-01

    Harvesting energy from ambient mechanical vibrations is a smart and efficient way to power autonomous sensors and support innovative developments in IoT (Internet of Things), WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) and even implantable medical devices. Beyond the environmental operating conditions, efficiency of such devices is mainly related to energy source properties like the amplitude of vibrations and its spectral contain and some of these applications exhibit a quite low frequency spectrum where harvesting surrounding mechanical energy make sense, typically 5-50Hz for implantable medical devices or 50Hz-150Hz for industrial machines. Harvesting such low frequency vibrations is a challenge since it leads to adapt the resonator geometries to the targeted frequency or to use out-off band indirect harvesting strategies. In this paper we present a piezoelectric based vibrational energy harvesting device (PEH) which could be integrated into a biocompatible package to power implantable sensor or therapeutic medical devices. The presented architecture is a serial bimorph laminated with ultra-thinned (ranging from 15μm to 100μm) outer PZT “skins” that could operate at a “very low frequency”, below 25Hz typically. The core process flow is disclosed and performances highlighted with regards to other low frequency demonstrations.

  2. At-wavelength metrology of x-ray optics at Diamond Light Source

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    Wang, Hongchang; Berujon, Sebastien; Sutter, John; Alcock, Simon G.; Sawhney, Kawal

    2014-09-01

    Modern, third-generation synchrotron radiation sources provide coherent and extremely bright beams of X-ray radiation. The successful exploitation of such beams depends to a significant extent on imperfections and misalignment of the optics employed on the beamlines. This issue becomes even more critical with the increasing use of active optics, and the desire to achieve diffraction-limited and coherence-preserving X-ray beams. In recent years, significant progress has been made to improve optic testing and optimization techniques, especially those using X-rays for so-called atwavelength metrology. These in-situ and at-wavelength metrology methods can be used not only to optimize the performance of X-ray optics, but also to correct and minimize the collective distortions of upstream beamline optics, including monochromators, and transmission windows. An overview of at-wavelength metrology techniques implemented at Diamond Light Source is presented, including grating interferometry and X-ray near-field speckle based techniques. Representative examples of the application of these techniques are also given, including in-situ and atwavelength calibration and optimization of: active, piezo bimorph mirrors; Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) mirrors; and refractive optics such as compound refractive lenses.

  3. In situ beamline analysis and correction of active optics.

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    Sutter, John; Alcock, Simon; Sawhney, Kawal

    2012-11-01

    At the Diamond Light Source, pencil-beam measurements have enabled long-wavelength slope errors on X-ray mirror surfaces to be examined under ultra-high vacuum and beamline mounting without the need to remove the mirror from the beamline. For an active mirror an automated procedure has been implemented to calculate the actuator settings that optimize its figure. More recently, this in situ pencil-beam method has been applied to additional uses for which ex situ measurements would be inconvenient or simply impossible. First, it has been used to check the stability of the slope errors of several bimorph mirrors at intervals of several weeks or months. Then, it also proved useful for the adjustment of bender and sag compensation actuators on mechanically bent mirrors. Fits to the bending of ideal beams have been performed on the slope errors of a mechanically bent mirror in order to distinguish curvatures introduced by the bending actuators from gravitational distortion. Application of the optimization procedure to another mechanically bent mirror led to an improvement of its sag compensation mechanism.

  4. Structure in defocused beams of x-ray mirrors: causes and possible solutions

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Rust, Fiona; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2014-09-01

    Grazing incidence mirrors are now a standard optic for focusing X-ray beams. Both bimorph and mechanically bendable mirrors are widely used at Diamond Light Source because they permit a wide choice of focal lengths. They can also be deliberately set out of focus to enlarge the X-ray beam, and indeed many beamline teams now wish to generate uniform beam spots of variable size. However, progress has been slowed by the appearance of fine structure in these defocused beams. Measurements showing the relationship between the medium-frequency polishing error and this structure over a variety of beam sizes will be presented. A theoretical model for the simulations of defocused beams from general mirrors will then be developed. Not only the figure error and its first derivative the slope error, but also the second derivative, the curvature error, must be considered. In conclusion, possible ways to reduce the defocused beam structure by varying the actuators' configuration and settings will be discussed.

  5. Intraoral conversion of occlusal force to electricity and magnetism by biting of piezoelectric elements.

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    Kameda, Takashi; Ohkuma, Kazuo; Sano, Natsuki; Ogura, Hideo; Terada, Kazuto

    2012-01-01

    Very weak electrical, magnetic and ultrasound signal stimulations are known to promote the formation, metabolism, restoration and stability of bone and surrounding tissues after treatment and operations. We have therefore investigated the possibility of intraoral generation of electricity and magnetism by occlusal force in an in vitro study. Biting bimorph piezoelectric elements with lead zirconate titanate (PZT) using dental models generated appropriate magnetism for bone formation, i. e. 0.5-0.6 gauss, and lower electric currents and higher voltages, i. e. 2.0-6.0 μA at 10-22 V (appropriate levels are 30 μA and 1.25 V), as observed by a universal testing machine. The electric currents and voltages could be changed using amplifier circuits. These results show that intraoral generation of electricity and magnetism is possible and could provide post-operative stabilization and activation of treated areas of bone and the surrounding tissues directly and/or indirectly by electrical, magnetic and ultrasound stimulation, which could accelerate healing.

  6. Energy harvesting using piezoelectric thick films fabricated by a sol-gel process

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    Shih, J.L. [McGill Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Kobayashi, M.; Moisan, J.F.; Jen, C.K. [National Research Council of Canada, Boucherville, PQ (Canada). Industrial Materials Inst.

    2008-07-01

    Energy harvesting has been touted as a promising technology to power wireless devices. One of the common energies to be harvested is induced by mechanical vibrations. Piezoelectric materials are often used to get such energy. This study focused on a vibration-based energy harvesting device. Very flexible vibrators using lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) ceramics were needed. Therefore, a sol-gel spray technology was used to fabricate PZT thick film directly onto metal membranes to serve as mechanical vibrators. The sol-gel process is an economical approach with excellent mass production appeal for both unimorph and bimorph sensors. For this study, the density of the PZT film was less than 85 per cent of the bulk PZT. Using a 20 mm diameter unimorph, the voltage generated from a 5 mm deflection displacement was 13.6 volts peak-to-peak at 10 Hz. With a load resistance of 150 K ohms, the measured average power generated by this sensor was estimated to be 41 {mu}W. A vibration test that lasted for 60 days with a frequency of 10 Hz and at a displacement of approximately 1 mm showed that the sensor is both durable and rugged. 14 refs., 7 figs.

  7. Intraparenchymal mesenchymal chondrosarcoma of the frontal lobe--a case report and molecular detection of specific gene fusions from archival FFPE sample.

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    Sajjad, Emir Ahmed; Sikora, Katarzyna; Paciejewski, Tomasz; Garbicz, Filip; Paskal, Wiktor; Szacht, Milena; Grajkowska, Wieslawa; Włodarski, Pawel Krzysztof

    2015-01-01

    Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma is a rare tumor of cartilaginous origin characterized by its bimorphic pattern composed of highly undifferentiated small round cells separated by islands of well-differentiated hyaline cartilage. It exhibits higher malignancy and earlier occurrence in comparison to classic chondrosarcomas. Recently identified HEY1-NCOA2 and IRF2BP2-CDX1 gene fusions confirm their distinct molecular origin and pose a promising diagnostic marker. The majority of cases arise from craniofacial bones. In this study, we present a rare case of mesenchymal chondrosarcoma encompassed within the brain parenchyma of the frontal lobe without any dural or bone attachment. We demonstrate histopathological findings and confirm the HEY1-NCOA2 gene fusion in a formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded archival sample using simple reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method. IRF2BP2-CDX1 gene fusion was absent in the analyzed sample. The clinical follow-up is also presented with a review of treatment modalities for this entity.

  8. Adaptive optical antennas: design and evaluation

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    Weyrauch, Thomas; Vorontsov, Mikhail A.; Carhart, Gary W.; Simonova, Galina V.; Beresnev, Leonid A.; Polnau, Ernst E.

    2007-09-01

    We present the design and evaluation of compact adaptive optical antennas with apertures diameters of 16 mm and 100 mm for 5Gbit/s-class free-space optical communication systems. The antennas provide a bi-directional optically transparent link between fiber-optical wavelength-division multiplex systems and allow for mitigation of atmospheric-turbulence induced wavefront phase distortions with adaptive optics components. Beam steering is implemented in the antennas either with mirrors on novel tip/tilt platforms or a fiber-tip positioning system, both enabling operation bandwidths of more than 1 kHz. Bimorph piezoelectric actuated deformable mirrors are used for low-order phase-distortion compensation. An imaging system is integrated in the antennas for coarse pointing and tracking. Beam steering and wavefront control is based on blind maximization of the received signal level using a stochastic parallel gradient descent algorithm. The adaptive optics control architecture allowed the use of feedback signals provided locally within each transceiver system and remotely by the opposite transceiver system via an RF link. First atmospheric compensation results from communication experiments over a 250 m near-ground propagation path are presented.

  9. Transcriptome and proteome of the highly neurotoxic venom of Gloydius intermedius.

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    Yang, Zhang-Min; Yang, Yu-E; Chen, Yu; Cao, Jing; Zhang, Cui; Liu, Ling-Ling; Wang, Zhe-Zhi; Wang, Xu-Min; Wang, Ying-Ming; Tsai, Inn-Ho

    2015-12-01

    The venomics of Gloydius intermedius were investigated using expressed sequence tags (ESTs) analyses, 2D gel-electrophoresis combined with MALDI-TOF/TOF, and LC-MS/MS. A total of 1920 ESTs from the venom gland cDNA library were sequenced; 74% of them belonged to toxin-families. The four most abundant families among the toxin transcripts were: serine protease (SP, 36.2%), bradykinin potentiating peptide (25.3%), l-amino acid oxidase (LAAO, 13.1%), and phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 9.9%). Moreover, the full sequences of four PLA2s, eight SPs, cysteine-rich secretory protein (CRISP), C-type-lectin-like-protein (CTLP), hyaluronidase, metalloproteinase, and nerve growth factor were deduced from the cDNA sequences. Excluding the CRISP and hyaluronidase, most of the G. intermedius venom proteins bear 92-99% sequence identities to those of other pitviper venoms. The most abundant components are PLA2s (37%), SPs (20%) and LAAO (6%), while metalloproteinase, CTLP, and other components each account for intermedius and other hemorrhagic pitvipers. The bimorphism of hemorrhagic and neurotoxic venoms among Gloydius is confirmed; our results shed more lights on the co-evolution of both neurotoxicity and hypotension in some viperid venoms.

  10. Development of MEMS based pyroelectric thermal energy harvesters

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    Hunter, Scott R.; Lavrik, Nickolay V.; Bannuru, Thirumalesh; Mostafa, Salwa; Rajic, Slo; Datskos, Panos G.

    2011-06-01

    The efficient conversion of waste thermal energy into electrical energy is of considerable interest due to the huge sources of low-grade thermal energy available in technologically advanced societies. Our group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing a new type of high efficiency thermal waste heat energy converter that can be used to actively cool electronic devices, concentrated photovoltaic solar cells, computers and large waste heat producing systems, while generating electricity that can be used to power remote monitoring sensor systems, or recycled to provide electrical power. The energy harvester is a temperature cycled pyroelectric thermal-to-electrical energy harvester that can be used to generate electrical energy from thermal waste streams with temperature gradients of only a few degrees. The approach uses a resonantly driven pyroelectric capacitive bimorph cantilever structure that potentially has energy conversion efficiencies several times those of any previously demonstrated pyroelectric or thermoelectric thermal energy harvesters. The goals of this effort are to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating high conversion efficiency MEMS based pyroelectric energy converters that can be fabricated into scalable arrays using well known microscale fabrication techniques and materials. These fabrication efforts are supported by detailed modeling studies of the pyroelectric energy converter structures to demonstrate the energy conversion efficiencies and electrical energy generation capabilities of these energy converters. This paper reports on the modeling, fabrication and testing of test structures and single element devices that demonstrate the potential of this technology for the development of high efficiency thermal-to-electrical energy harvesters.

  11. An improved small-deflection electromechanical model for piezoelectric bending beam actuators and energy harvesters

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    Tabesh, Ahmadreza; Fréchette, Luc G.

    2008-10-01

    The analytical model presented in this paper describes the energy conversion mechanism of a piezoelectric beam (bimorph) under small-deflection static and vibrating conditions. The model provides an improved approach to design and analyze the performance of piezoelectric actuators and energy harvesters (sensors). Conventional models assume a linear voltage distribution over the piezoelectric beam thickness, which is shown here to be invalid. The proposed modeling method improves accuracy by using a quadratic voltage distribution. The equivalent capacitance of a beam shows a 40% discrepancy between a conventional model and the proposed model for PZT5A material. This inaccuracy level is not negligible, especially when the design of micro-power electrical energy harvesting is concerned. The method solves simultaneously the solid mechanics and Maxwell's equations with the constitutive equations for piezoelectric materials. The paper also proposes a phasor-based procedure for measuring the damping of a piezoelectric beam. An experimental setup is developed to verify the validity of the model. The experimental results confirm the accuracy of the improved model and also reveal limitations in using models for small deflections.

  12. Numerical analysis of piezoelectric active repair in the presence of frictional contact conditions.

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    Alaimo, Andrea; Milazzo, Alberto; Orlando, Calogero; Messineo, Antonio

    2013-04-02

    The increasing development of smart materials, such as piezoelectric and shape memory alloys, has opened new opportunities for improving repair techniques. Particularly, active repairs, based on the converse piezoelectric effect, can increase the life of a structure by reducing the crack opening. A deep characterization of the electromechanical behavior of delaminated composite structures, actively repaired by piezoelectric patches, can be achieved by considering the adhesive layer between the host structure and the repair and by taking into account the frictional contact between the crack surfaces. In this paper, Boundary Element (BE) analyses performed on delaminated composite structures repaired by active piezoelectric patches are presented. A two-dimensional boundary integral formulation for piezoelectric solids based on the multi-domain technique to model the composite host damaged structures and the bonded piezoelectric patches is employed. An interface spring model is also implemented to take into account the finite stiffness of the bonding layers and to model the frictional contact between the delamination surfaces, by means of an iterative procedure. The effect of the adhesive between the plies of piezoelectric bimorph devices on the electromechanical response is first pointed out for both sensing and actuating behavior. Then, the effect of the frictional contact condition on the fracture mechanics behavior of actively repaired delaminated composite structures is investigated.

  13. Hydroelectromechanical modelling of a piezoelectric wave energy converter

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    Renzi, E.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the hydroelectromechanical-coupled dynamics of a piezoelectric wave energy converter. The converter is made of a flexible bimorph plate, clamped at its ends and forced to motion by incident ocean surface waves. The piezoceramic layers are connected in series and transform the elastic motion of the plate into useful electricity by means of the piezoelectric effect. By using a distributed-parameter analytical approach, we couple the linear piezoelectric constitutive equations for the plate with the potential-flow equations for the surface water waves. The resulting system of governing partial differential equations yields a new hydroelectromechanical dispersion relation, whose complex roots are determined with a numerical approach. The effect of the piezoelectric coupling in the hydroelastic domain generates a system of short- and long-crested weakly damped progressive waves travelling along the plate. We show that the short-crested flexural wave component gives a dominant contribution to the generated power. We determine the hydroelectromechanical resonant periods of the device, at which the power output is significant.

  14. Experimental testing of spanwise morphing trailing edge concept

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    Pankonien, Alexander; Inman, Daniel J.

    2013-04-01

    Aircraft wings with smooth, hinge-less morphing ailerons exhibit increased chordwise aerodynamic efficiency over conventional hinged ailerons. Ideally, the wing would also use these morphing ailerons to smoothly vary its airfoil shape between spanwise stations to optimize the lift distribution and further increase aerodynamic efficiency. However, the mechanical complexity or added weight of achieving such a design has traditionally exceeded the potential aerodynamic gains. By expanding upon the previously developed cascading bimorph concept, this work uses embedded Macro-Fiber Composites and a flexure box mechanism, created using multi-material 3D printing, to achieve the Spanwise Morphing Trailing Edge (SMTE) concept. The morphing actuators are spaced spanwise along the wing with an elastomer spanning the gaps between them, which allows for optimization of the spanwise lift distribution while maintaining the continuity and efficiency of the morphing trailing edge. The concept is implemented in a representative section of a UAV wing with a 305 mm chord. A novel honeycomb skin is created from an elastomeric material using a 3D printer. The actuation capabilities of the concept are evaluated with and without spanning material on a test stand, free of aerodynamic loads. In addition, the actuation restrictions of the spanning elastomer, necessary in adapting the morphing concept from 2D to 3D, are characterized. Initial aerodynamic results from the 1'×1' wind-tunnel also show the effects of aerodynamic loading on the actuation range of the SMTE concept for uniform morphing.

  15. Actuators of 3-element unimorph deformable mirror

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    Fu, Tianyang; Ning, Yu; Du, Shaojun

    2016-10-01

    Kinds of wavefront aberrations exist among optical systems because of atmosphere disturbance, device displacement and a variety of thermal effects, which disturb the information of transmitting beam and restrain its energy. Deformable mirror(DM) is designed to adjust these wavefront aberrations. Bimorph DM becomes more popular and more applicable among adaptive optical(AO) systems with advantages in simple structure, low cost and flexible design compared to traditional discrete driving DM. The defocus aberration accounted for a large proportion of all wavefront aberrations, with a simpler surface and larger amplitude than others, so it is very useful to correct the defocus aberration effectively for beam controlling and aberration adjusting of AO system. In this study, we desired on correcting the 3rd and 10th Zernike modes, analyze the characteristic of the 3rd and 10th defocus aberration surface distribution, design 3-element actuators unimorph DM model study on its structure and deformation principle theoretically, design finite element models of different electrode configuration with different ring diameters, analyze and compare effects of different electrode configuration and different fixing mode to DM deformation capacity through COMSOL finite element software, compare fitting efficiency of DM models to the 3rd and 10th Zernike modes. We choose the inhomogeneous electrode distribution model with better result, get the influence function of every electrode and the voltage-PV relationship of the model. This unimorph DM is suitable for the AO system with a mainly defocus aberration.

  16. Correlation of photothermal conversion on the photo-induced deformation of amorphous carbon nitride films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Harata, T.; Aono, M., E-mail: aono@nda.ac.jp; Kitazawa, N.; Watanabe, Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Defense Academy, 1-10-20 Hashirimizu, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 239-8686 (Japan)

    2014-08-04

    The photo-induced deformation of hydrogen-free amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN{sub x}) films was investigated under visible-light illumination. The films gave rise to photothermal conversion by irradiation. In this study, we investigated the effects of thermal energy generated by irradiation on the deformation of a-CN{sub x}/ultrathin substrate bimorph specimens. The films were prepared on both ultrathin Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in the presence of pure nitrogen gas. The temperature of the film on the SiO{sub 2} substrate increased as the optical band-gap of the a-CN{sub x} was decreased. For the film on Si, the temperature remained constant. The deformation degree of the films on Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates were approximately the same. Thus, the deformation of a-CN{sub x} films primarily induced by photon energy directly.

  17. A comparative study of piezoelectric unimorph and multilayer actuators as stiffness sensors via contact resonance

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    Ji Fu; Fa-Xin Li

    2016-01-01

    Piezoelectric bar-shaped resonators were pro-posed to act as hardness sensors in the 1960s and stiffness sensors in the 1990s based on the contact impedance method. In this work, we point out that both multilayer and uni-morph (or bimorph) piezoelectric actuators could act as stiffness/modulus sensors based on the principle of mechan-ical contact resonance. First, the practical design and the performance of a piezoelectric unimorph actuator–based stiffness sensor were presented. Then the working principle of piezoelectric multilayer actuator–based stiffness sensors was given and verified by numerical investigation. It was found that for these two types of resonance-based sen-sors, the shift of the resonance frequency due to contact is always positive, which is different from that of the contact impedance method. Further comparative sensitivity study indicated that the unimorph actuator–based stiffness sensor is very suitable for measurement on soft materials, whereas the multilayer actuator–based sensor is more suitable for hard materials.

  18. Parameters Identification for a Composite Piezoelectric Actuator Dynamics

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    Mohammad Saadeh

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This work presents an approach for identifying the model of a composite piezoelectric (PZT bimorph actuator dynamics, with the objective of creating a robust model that can be used under various operating conditions. This actuator exhibits nonlinear behavior that can be described using backlash and hysteresis. A linear dynamic model with a damping matrix that incorporates the Bouc–Wen hysteresis model and the backlash operators is developed. This work proposes identifying the actuator’s model parameters using the hybrid master-slave genetic algorithm neural network (HGANN. In this algorithm, the neural network exploits the ability of the genetic algorithm to search globally to optimize its structure, weights, biases and transfer functions to perform time series analysis efficiently. A total of nine datasets (cases representing three different voltage amplitudes excited at three different frequencies are used to train and validate the model. Four cases are considered for training the NN architecture, connection weights, bias weights and learning rules. The remaining five cases are used to validate the model, which produced results that closely match the experimental ones. The analysis shows that damping parameters are inversely proportional to the excitation frequency. This indicates that the suggested hysteresis model is too general for the PZT model in this work. It also suggests that backlash appears only when dynamic forces become dominant.

  19. Load optimised piezoelectric generator for powering battery-less TPMS

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    Blažević, D.; Kamenar, E.; Zelenika, S.

    2013-05-01

    The design of a piezoelectric device aimed at harvesting the kinetic energy of random vibrations on a vehicle's wheel is presented. The harvester is optimised for powering a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). On-road experiments are performed in order to measure the frequencies and amplitudes of wheels' vibrations. It is hence determined that the highest amplitudes occur in an unperiodic manner. Initial tests of the battery-less TPMS are performed in laboratory conditions where tuning and system set-up optimization is achieved. The energy obtained from the piezoelectric bimorph is managed by employing the control electronics which converts AC voltage to DC and conditions the output voltage to make it compatible with the load (i.e. sensor electronics and transmitter). The control electronics also manages the sleep/measure/transmit cycles so that the harvested energy is efficiently used. The system is finally tested in real on-road conditions successfully powering the pressure sensor and transmitting the data to a receiver in the car cockpit.

  20. A comparative study of piezoelectric unimorph and multilayer actuators as stiffness sensors via contact resonance

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Fa-Xin

    2016-08-01

    Piezoelectric bar-shaped resonators were proposed to act as hardness sensors in the 1960s and stiffness sensors in the 1990s based on the contact impedance method. In this work, we point out that both multilayer and unimorph (or bimorph) piezoelectric actuators could act as stiffness/modulus sensors based on the principle of mechanical contact resonance. First, the practical design and the performance of a piezoelectric unimorph actuator-based stiffness sensor were presented. Then the working principle of piezoelectric multilayer actuator-based stiffness sensors was given and verified by numerical investigation. It was found that for these two types of resonance-based sensors, the shift of the resonance frequency due to contact is always positive, which is different from that of the contact impedance method. Further comparative sensitivity study indicated that the unimorph actuator-based stiffness sensor is very suitable for measurement on soft materials, whereas the multilayer actuator-based sensor is more suitable for hard materials.