Want to see some nifty fluid applications measured in drops rather than gallons? Visit www.amtec.com/contours/issue17/pom.html to see Amtec's Plot of the Month using the companies Tecplot data plotting and visualization software. Recent visualizations have included an animation of fluid flow carrying DNA through a microchip reaction chamber. The chamber has several 20-micron diameter pillars to increase surface area available for "probe" molecules bound to the chamber surface. This plot came from Coventor, a Cary, NC-based provider of MEMS design tools. Other Coventor images include a programmable electric-potential fluid processor for droplets and a microfluidic mixer for mixing reagents on a biochip.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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