This article presents a polymeric micro-optical system that consists of two coupled miniaturized devices for spatially distributed characterization of microfluidic two-phase phenomena exploiting multiwavelength optical signals. The input device implements four optical windows (slits) which are superimposed on the centerline of a microfluidic serpentine channel and illuminate specific locations of the microchannel. The flow-related information is then collected by an ad hoc polymeric micro-optical output device that guides and merges the spatially distributed information into a single output signal, which maintains memory of the spatial coordinates by using the wavelengths as fingerprints of the slits’ position in the microfluidic channel. Both micro-optical devices were designed, simulated, and characterized in static and dynamic conditions. Experiments on two-phase (air and ethanol) flow were carried out by applying constant and periodic flow rate functions. In both cases, the system was proved to be efficient in capturing the spatial–temporal dynamics of flow profiles.
|Titolo:||A polymeric micro-optical system for the spatial monitoring in two-phase microfluidics|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|