This paper presents the design and performance characteristics of a flexible EHD conduction pumping technology. The flow generated by flexible EHD conduction pumps is measured on a flat-plane and in various configurations. The results show that the flexible EHD conduction pumps are capable of generating significant flow rates in macro and meso-scales by inserting them into the desired setups. Unlike mechanical pumps, flexible EHD conduction pumps are lightweight and can flex into complex geometries. Additionally, EHD conduction pumps can be scaled to the micro-scale unlike mechanical pumps. This technology shows potential for use in a wide range of applications, including thermal control of flexible electronics, cooling of high power electrical systems, and actuators for soft robotics.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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