Mistry, Kalyan Kumar and Mahapatra, Abhijit (2012) Design and simulation of a thermo transfer type MEMS based micro flow sensor for arterial blood flow measurement. Microsystem Technologies, 18. pp. 683-692.

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Thermo transfer type MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) based micro flow sensing device have promising potential to solve the limitation of implantable arterial blood flow rate monitoring. The present paper emphasizes on modeling and simulation of MEMS based micro flow sensing device, which will be capable of implantable arterial blood flow rate measurement. It describes the basic design and model architecture of thermal type micro flow sensor. A pair of thin film micro heaters is designed through MEMS micro machining process and simulated using CoventorWare; a finite element based numerical code. A rectangular cross section micro channel has been modeled where in micro heater and thermal sensors are embedded using the same Coventor-Ware tools. Some promising and interesting results of thermal dissipation depending upon very small amount of flow rate through the micro channel are investigated. It is observed that measuring the variation of temperature difference between downstream and upstream, the variation of fluid flow rate in the micro channel can be measured. The numerical simulation results also shows that the temperature distribution profile of the heated surface depends upon microfluidic flow rate i.e. convective heat transfer is directly proportional to the microfluidic flow rate on the surface of the insulating membrane. The simplified analytical model of the thermo transfer type flow sensor is presented and verified by simulation results, which are very promising for application in arterial blood flow rate measuring in implantable micro devices for continuous monitoring of cardiac output.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sensor
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 09:50
URI: http://cmeri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/156

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