Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduction pumping technology utilizes the interaction between an applied electrical field and dissociated ions within a dielectric fluid to generate a net body force within the fluid, which results in a net flow. EHD conduction pumps have noticeable benefits when compared to their traditional mechanical counterparts due to their low vibration and noise generation, low power consumption, and ability to operate in microgravity. EHD conduction pumps provide intelligent flow control via their ability to vary the electric field voltage applied to their electrodes. The purpose of this Major Qualifying Project was to study the use of EHD conduction pumps in controlling single phase flow distribution through parallel micro-channels using upstream micro-scale EHD pumps.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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