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    Diffuser miniature pump with an extra ferrofluidic valve

    , Article Microfluidics and Nanofluidics ; Volume 19, Issue 5 , November , 2015 , Pages 1235-1244 ; 16134982 (ISSN) Ashouri, M ; Shafii, M. B ; Moosavi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Springer Verlag  2015
    This paper presents the prototype design and fabrication of a magnetically actuated miniature pump that utilizes self-sealing capability of ferrofluid-covered permanent magnets in both pumping and valving mechanisms. The valving action is performed by employing one active valve along with two nozzle/diffuser elements. Two cylindrical permanent magnets are placed inside the flat-wall channels: One magnet acts as the active valve and the other one serves as a reciprocating piston actuating the working fluid. In order to seal the gaps between the channel walls and the permanent magnet of the valve/piston, ferrofluid is used to cover the surfaces of both magnets. The valve and the piston are... 

    Theoretical and experimental studies of a magnetically actuated valveless micropump

    , Article Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering ; Volume 27, Issue 1 , 2017 ; 09601317 (ISSN) Ashouri, M ; Shafii, M. B ; Moosavi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Physics Publishing  2017
    This paper presents the prototype design, fabrication, and characterization of a magnetically actuated micropump. The pump body consists of three nozzle/diffuser elements and two pumping chambers connected to the ends of a flat-wall pumping cylinder. A cylindrical permanent magnet placed inside the pumping cylinder acts as a piston which reciprocates by using an external magnetic actuator driven by a motor. The magnetic piston is covered by a ferrofluid to provide self-sealing capability. A prototype composed of three bonded layers of polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) has been fabricated. Water has been successfully pumped at pressures of up to 750 Pa and flow rates of up to 700 μl min-1 while...