Nature-inspired micro-fluidic manipulation using artificial cilia
Dec. 2006 - Nov. 2010
181 200 euro (LMN part)
Project page: http://www.artic-project.eu/
Fluid flow at sub-millimeter scale is generated by micro-organisms such as paramecium and pleurobrachia. The propulsion of fluid is due to the movement of hair-like structures called cilia covering the surface of the organism. This is one of natures most efficient ways to induce and control the flow in low Reynolds number conditions. Creating artificial structures with cilia manipulated in similar way as the natural ones would open applications in the micro-fluidics area.
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