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EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF OPEN LOOP MULTI-STAGE IMPEDANCE PUMPING SYSTEM

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Author(s): VINCENT C. C. LEE | YOUSIF A. ABAKR | K. C. WOO | MUSHTAK AL-ATABI

Journal: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology
ISSN 1823-4690

Volume: 6;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 551;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Valveless pump | Impedance pumping system | Multi-stage pump | Unidirectional flow

ABSTRACT
Impedance pump is a simple valveless pumping mechanism, where an elastic tube is joined to a more rigid one; a periodic asymmetrical pinching on the elastic tube will produce a unidirectional flow. This pumping concept offers a low energy, low noise alternative at both micro and macro scales. This paper describes an experimental investigation of the performance of a two-stage, open loop impedance pump. The results show that, when compared to a single stage open loop impedance pump, the two-stage impedance pump can achieve a significant pressure head and flow rate increment. A pressure head increment of 240 Pa is obtained in the single stage system compared to 480 Pa for the two-stage system. The corresponding flow rates were 5 mL/s and 8 mL/s respectively. This is an indication that impedance pumping system can be scaled up to achieve a variety of pumping assignments.
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