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.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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