Structure Of Body Of Device Patents (Class 137/833)
  • Patent number: 11559974
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a microfluidic system or microfluidic device having at least one channel includes providing a base sheet, providing a deformable intermediate layer, providing a cover film, and laminating the base sheet, the intermediate layer and the cover film so that a back surface of the intermediate layer is attached to a front surface of the base sheet and a back surface of the cover film is attached to a front surface of the intermediate layer opposite to the back surface thereof, thereby forming a laminate comprising the base sheet, the intermediate layer and the cover film. Further, the method includes applying pressure to the front surface of the intermediate layer through the cover film so as to deform the intermediate layer, thereby forming the at least one channel. The invention also relates to a microfluidic system or microfluidic device) manufactured by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karl Heinz Priewasser, Devin Martin
  • Patent number: 11426544
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system is provided, including a medicament source and a volatile delivery enhancing compound source. The volatile delivery enhancing compound source includes a first sorption element, a second sorption element downstream of the first sorption element, and a volatile delivery enhancing compound sorbed on the first sorption element and the second sorption element, wherein a rate of release of the volatile delivery enhancing compound from the first sorption element is greater than a rate of release of the volatile delivery enhancing compound from the second sorption element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Malgat, Judith Waller
  • Patent number: 11408524
    Abstract: A valve (10) includes a first case member (101) having an inflow port (H1) and a first valve seat (VS), a second case member (105) having an air outlet (H2) and a discharge port (H3), a valve chamber formed by bonding the first case member (101) and the second case member (105), at least one of which has a recessed shape, with a first bonding member (300) while the recessed shape is located on an inner side, and a diaphragm (150) formed so as to partition the valve chamber into a lower valve chamber (106) connected to the inflow port (H1) and an upper valve chamber (107) connecting the discharge port (H3) and the air outlet (H2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 11400450
    Abstract: A microfluidic system includes a substrate, a set of input ports coupled to the substrate, and a set of output ports coupled to the substrate. The microfluidic system also includes a microfluidic processing system coupled to the substrate and including a plurality of processing sites. The microfluidic processing system is coupled to the set of input ports and the set of output ports. The microfluidic system further includes one or more microfluidic logic devices coupled to the substrate and operable to control at least a portion of the microfluidic processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Standard BioTools Corporation
    Inventors: Naga Gopi Devaraju, Marc A. Unger
  • Patent number: 11351538
    Abstract: An embodiment is a scientific fluidic device and a method of assembly of single and multilayer fluidic devices via laser cut and assembly of double sided adhesives. The device includes a member defining a cavity and having two sides, both sides including an adhesive compound, and at least one substrate defining at least two plenums and coupling to the member, forming a flow path. The components of the fluidic device are produced via laser cut and assembly methods. The fluidic device remains intact via adhesive coupling between the substrate(s), member(s), and membrane(s). Altogether, the fluidic device requires assembly that is efficient and economical, resulting in high throughput manufacturing of the fluidic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Sanjin Hosic, Ryan A. Koppes, Shashi K. Murthy, Abigail N. Koppes, Jonathan R. Soucy
  • Patent number: 11344885
    Abstract: A modular microfluidic system includes a first microfluidic module and a second microfluidic module. The first microfluidic module has a first module body including a microfluidic channel and a first connector extending outward from the module body. The first connector is provided with a protrusion. The second microfluidic module has a second module body including a microfluidic channel, a second connector including a guider configured to guide the protrusion upon insertion of the first connector into the second module body, and a locker configured to fix the protrusion. Upon fluidly coupling the first microfluidic module and the second microfluidic module, an O-ring is disposed between the first connector and the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Jinkee Lee, Ryungeun Song
  • Patent number: 11185864
    Abstract: A manually actuated chromatography device comprising a chamber for receiving a liquid sample, a pump with a metering valve, and a chromatography element, wherein the pump moves a predetermined volume of liquid from the sample chamber to the chromatography element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: ALERE SAN DIEGO, INC., ALERE SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Nicholas Haworth, John Paul Palmer-Felgate
  • Patent number: 11167529
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to multi-layer, flat glass structures and a method of manufacturing multi-layer, flat glass structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: VAON, LLC
    Inventor: Henry B. Steen
  • Patent number: 11161276
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of preparing a flexible deformable photonic crystal material for structural health monitoring, comprising the following steps: washing a grating master template; preparing and assembling a mold; obtaining an assembled mold by printing a three-dimensional mold comprising an upper die and a lower die by use of a 3D printing device and installing the grating master template on the three-dimensional mold; obtaining a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) one-dimensional photonic crystal film by replicating a one-dimensional grating structure of a surface of the grating master template by pouring PDMS into the assembled mold; finally, obtaining the PDMS one-dimensional photonic crystal film with a one-dimensional photonic crystal structure on a middle surface and protrusion structures at both ends by demolding, wherein the PDMS one-dimensional photonic crystal film is the flexible deformable photonic crystal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHANDONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Qing Wang, Rui Zhang, Xu Zheng, Ning Wang
  • Patent number: 10988239
    Abstract: An active separation control system, comprising a fluidic oscillatory actuator having an ejector member, an oscillator member, and a joining channel between said oscillator member and said ejector member, all mounted on at least one flexible member, said fluidic oscillatory actuator being mountable on a rotatable door of a vehicle such that said flexible member assumes a different shape when said door is closed than when said door is open, wherein said joining channel is also flexible to assume a shape of said flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ramot at Tel-Aviv University Ltd.
    Inventors: Avraham Seifert, Isaac Dayan, Tom Shtendel
  • Patent number: 10967756
    Abstract: A liquid cooling module comprises a cooling plate, including a plurality of cooling channels for liquid flowing, and a pump block, integrated with the cooling plate and including a pump and a heat exchange chamber connecting to the plurality of cooling channels of the cooling plate, to form a circulation loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Fu-Min Fang, Kuo-Kuang Jen, Gwo-Huei You
  • Patent number: 10890474
    Abstract: A fluid monitoring module includes a flow sensing device and a controller disposed in an enclosure. The flow sensing device includes a body including an inlet port, an outlet port, an upstream sensor port, a downstream sensor port, and a flow passage disposed between the inlet port and the outlet port, and between the upstream sensor port and the downstream sensor port. A first fluid sensor is assembled with the upstream sensor port, and a second fluid sensor is assembled with the downstream sensor port. The controller is in circuit communication with the first and second fluid sensors for receiving at least one of pressure indicating signals and temperature indicating signals from each of the first and second fluid sensors, and for measuring fluid data based on the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael D. Bestic, David J. Hasak, Bryan S. Reiger, Andrew Creque, Marius O. Stroescu, William Michael Ponikvar, Cal R. Brown, Matthew R. Dixon, Joshua Webb, Theodore J. Gausman, Michael Whisler, Randy Rieken, Robert Bianco, Andrew P. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10871449
    Abstract: A method for forming a surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) sensing apparatus may include providing a body having an internal microfluidic passage, the microfluidic passage having an interior surrounded by an interior surface, depositing a conformal inorganic passivation film onto the interior surface so as to continuously surround the interior by atomic layer deposition and positioning a SERS sensor in connection with the microfluidic passage after the depositing of the conformal inorganic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhizhang Chen, Chien-Hua Chen, James E Abbott
  • Patent number: 10434510
    Abstract: A microfluidic probe includes a probe head with a processing surface that includes a first aperture and a second aperture. The probe further includes a liquid injection channel, which leads to the first aperture, and a liquid aspiration channel, which extends from the second aperture. The probe also includes a bypass channel, arranged so as to fluidly connect the liquid injection channel to the liquid aspiration channel, as well as a control channel. The latter fluidly connects to the bypass channel, hence forming a junction therewith, so as to define two portions of the bypass channel. These portions includes: a first portion that extends from the junction to the liquid injection channel; and a second portion that extends from that same junction to the liquid aspiration channel. The invention is further directed to methods of operation of a probe as described above, to process a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Govind Kaigala, Robert Dean Lovchik, David Taylor
  • Patent number: 10343159
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to the creation and/or manipulation of microfluidic systems and methods that can be formed in pre-existing modular blocks. Microfluidic paths can be formed in one or more blocks, and when multiple blocks are used, the blocks can be used together to form a path across the blocks. The paths can be sealed to prevent fluid leakage. The modular blocks can be readily available blocks which can then be individually customized to achieve various microfluidic design goals. The paths can be formed in outer surfaces of the blocks and/or disposed through a volume of the blocks. The modular blocks can have a uniform design across various block types, making it easy to reconfigure systems and/or remove and replace blocks and other components of the system. Methods for constructing such systems, and using such systems, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Crystal Elaine Owens, Anastasios John Hart
  • Patent number: 10260682
    Abstract: The invention relates to the balancing of fluid streams in a dialysis system. In particular the invention relates to a cassette for conveying a first and a second fluid stream in a dialysis system, wherein the first and the second fluid streams can be medical fluid streams such as for example dialysate streams or blood streams, wherein the cassette has a sensor as a device for balancing the first and the second fluid stream, and wherein the sensor has a first channel for the first fluid stream and a second channel for the second fluid stream. The invention further relates to a dialysis system, which is configured to accommodate at least one cassette which is configured as described above. Furthermore, the present invention relates to an arrangement by which two channels for the first and the second fluid streams are formed. In addition, the invention relates to a method for construction of the two channels or the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Dejan Nikolic, Alexander Heide
  • Patent number: 10188989
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for the controlled handling and delivery of solutions, as well as methods of making and using thereof. The devices can comprise a nanoporous membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface; a fluid source positioned in fluid contact with the bottom surface of the nanoporous membrane; and an electrode patterned on one or more of the surfaces of the nanoporous. membrane (e.g., on the top surface of the nanoporous membrane, on the bottom surface of the nanoporous membrane, or on both the top surface and the bottom surface of the nanoporous membrane). The electrode or electrodes are patterned so as to define a fluid delivery region in fluid contact with the top surface of the nanoporous membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Derek James Hansford, Jeremiah Schley, Daniel Gallego-Perez
  • Patent number: 10151742
    Abstract: A device is provided for measuring physical properties of a sample material having a body comprising a chamber adapted to receive a sample material and a transducer electrically connected to a circuit. The transducer is arranged on the body of the device to contact the body such that the body is able to transmit vibrations between the sample material and the transducer. A drive unit is electrically connectable to the circuit to measure physical properties of the sample material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Goksen Goksenin Yaralioglu
  • Patent number: 10105701
    Abstract: A microfluidic distributing device having a plurality of microchannels for the analysis of a fluid sample (such as blood). The microfluidic distributing device has a fluid sample entry port from which subsamples of the fluid sample are distributed to the plurality of microchannels in which fluid subsamples are treated for analysis by test devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ledden, Dafeng Chen, James E. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10086388
    Abstract: A fluidic oscillator adapted for use in a showerhead or nozzle assembly includes an eddy filter structure which reduces the adverse effects of fluid supply turbulence on the fluidic oscillator's spraying performance. A nozzle or rain can style showerhead assembly includes a water chamber or manifold which receives water via a central inlet fitting. Water entering the water chamber or manifold flows turbulently into and through the manifold and is expelled under pressure through a plurality of nozzles which are configured as specially adapted fluidic inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DLHBOWLES, INC.
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 9989012
    Abstract: Provided is a vapor jetting device including: a box-shaped casing; a propellant holding unit that is placed in the casing and forms a space for holding a propellant; a gas storing unit that is placed in the casing, forms a space that is divided from the propellant holding unit by a partition wall including a communication hole, and stores gas; a machine housing unit that is placed in the casing, forms a space that is divided from the propellant holding unit and the gas storing unit by partition walls, and houses machines; a nozzle that is connected to the casing and ejects the gas to an outside; a gas flow path that is formed in the casing and supplies the gas stored in the gas storing unit to the nozzle; and a heater that is placed in the casing and heats at least the gas storing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Izumiyama, Hatsuo Mori, Kozue Hashimoto, Toru Nagao
  • Patent number: 9764505
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for providing the controlled formation of planar homogeneous or heterogeneous materials using microfluidic devices. In one embodiment, a planar array of microfluidic channels is employed to produce a flowing liquid sheet having heterogeneous structure by spatially and temporally controlling dispensing of polymer liquid from selected microchannels. The resulting liquid sheet is solidified to produce a planar heterogeneous material that may be continuously drawn and/or fed from the plurality of microfluidic channels. The polymer liquid may include a payload that may be selectively incorporated into the heterogeneous structure. In some embodiments, the local material composition is controllable, thereby allowing control over local and bulk material properties, such as the permeability and the elasticity, and of creating materials with directionally dependent properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
    Inventors: Axel Guenther, Lian Leng, Andrew Wollard, Arianna McAllister, Milica Radisic, Boyang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9506794
    Abstract: A flow rate measuring device includes: a bypass passage; a flow rate detecting element; and a flow rate measuring circuit. The bypass passage includes: an inflow port; an outflow port; and a plurality of bent portions. The plurality of bent portions include first to third bent portions for forming U-shapes, and a fourth bent portion for bending the bypass passage bent at the third bent portion so as to be parallel to a mainstream flowing direction. The flow rate detecting element is arranged inside the bypass passage in a part after bending at the fourth bent portion. A route connecting the inflow port and the flow rate detecting element as a straight line is blocked by an inner wall surface of the bypass passage on an outer peripheral side, which is formed between the first bent portion and the second bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Akagi, Naoyuki Kishikawa, Hiroyuki Uramachi, Hiroshi Sakanoue, Masahiro Kawai, Yuji Ariyoshi
  • Patent number: 9506934
    Abstract: A multiple polymer layer test cartridge includes an input to receive a sample containing cells, multiple lysing channel structures on alternate layers of the multiple layer test cartridge coupled to each other to pass the sample in sequence between the lysing channel structures, and a test chamber to receive the sample from the multiple lysing channel structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela Wong, Phillip Henning, Elizabeth Palaima
  • Patent number: 9309879
    Abstract: A microsystem for fluidic applications includes a substrate with a reservoir, a first microchannel, connected to the reservoir, and a second microchannel, separated from the first microchannel by a fixed member. The microsystem furthermore has an elastic film on the substrate, which film has a joint to the substrate around the reservoir and seals the reservoir. Here, the joint has a permanent joining area and, on the fixed member, a fixed member joining area that can be broken open and adjoins the permanent joining area at both ends of the fixed member. Such a microsystem forms a processing chip with reagent receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manuela Schmidt, Martina Daub, Jochen Rupp
  • Patent number: 9302243
    Abstract: A continuous reaction micro-reactor of modular structure comprises, arranged along a back-to-front stacking axis thereof, a first frame means, a reaction unit, and a second frame means, wherein said reaction unit comprises a process fluid channel system for continuous reaction of a plurality of feeds or reactants flowing into said reaction unit to form at least one product flowing out of said reaction unit, and a heat exchange fluid channel system for adjusting the temperature environment of said process fluid channel system, said first and second frame means are each formed as a flange, and said first and second frame means are alpressed towards each other by a plurality of tensioning means arranged along and within an outer circumference of said first and second frame means and enclosing said reaction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LONZA AG
    Inventor: Norbert Josef Kockmann
  • Patent number: 9267619
    Abstract: A micro fluid chip includes a first chip and a second chip. The first chip includes a first substrate having a fluid channel and a partition wall, and a first film made of resin. The second chip includes a second substrate having a recess, and a second film made of elastomer. The second film has an elastic modulus higher than that of the first film. The first chip and the second chip are stacked in such a manner that the partition wall and the recess face each other with the first film and the second film therebetween. By setting the inner side of the recess to a negative pressure, a gap is formed between the first film and the partition wall, and thus a fluid channel is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Ono, Ken Kitamoto
  • Patent number: 9128091
    Abstract: Methods and systems capturing particles suspended in a fluid flowed through a micro-channel, can include flowing the fluid including the particles to be captured through a micro-channel and past a groove defined in a surface of a wall of the micro-channel such that flowing the fluid past the groove forms microvortices in the fluid; contacting at least some of the particles against an adherent disposed on one or more of walls of the microchannel after the microvortices form in the fluid; and capturing at least some of the particles contacting the adherent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Mehmet Toner, Shannon Stott, Chia-Hsien Hsu
  • Publication number: 20150144008
    Abstract: A diverter, and a cooking chamber and cooking apparatus including the diverter, is capable of diffusing liquids, semi-solid substances, and the like. The diverter includes a diverter plate and an orifice that projects from a surface of the diverter plate. The orifice has an open sidewall portion. The diverter further includes a recessed portion formed in the diverter plate, extending from the orifice, and a bumper portion that projects from a surface of the recessed portion and is disposed proximate to the orifice. The cooking chamber includes a heating element, a wall, an inlet port formed in the wall, and a cooking chamber fitting disposed adjacent to the inlet port. The cooking apparatus includes a cooking chamber, a filter pan, a filter pump, and an inlet port formed in a wall of the cooking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Manouchehr Shirali, Trent Abney
  • Publication number: 20150129040
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for mixing a first stream of a flow medium and a second stream of the flow medium, a temperature of the first and second streams being different. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes at least one mixing apparatus configured as a blade-free fan, including at least one opening and a Coanda surface arranged in the region of the at least one opening. During operation, the first stream emerges from the at least one opening and can be steered by the Coanda surface, wherein the second stream flows in the region of the at least one opening, and wherein the first stream, following the emergence thereof from the at least one opening, is mixable with the second stream. The apparatus also includes a first infeed for the first stream and a second infeed for the second stream, first and second infeeds being configured as a double-walled tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rainer Hartig, Dierk Schröder
  • Patent number: 9028991
    Abstract: A Coanda flow amplifier has a suction intake, an outlet, a fluid channel extending between the suction intake and the outlet, and a drive-flow inlet, which is fluidly connected to the fluid channel via a drive-flow discharge slit, whereby the flow cross section of the drive-flow discharge slit is variably adjustable. In a method to operate the Coanda flow amplifier, the variably adjustable flow cross section of the drive-flow discharge slit is chosen such that a pressure ratio between an output pressure of the drive flow when it leaves the drive-flow discharge slit, and an intake pressure of the drive flow when it enters the drive-flow discharge slit, does not exceed a critical pressure ratio. A fuel cell system comprises at least one fuel cell, a fluid source, a fluid line, and a Coanda flow amplifier arranged in the fluid line, whereby the Coanda flow amplifier is equipped with a drive-flow discharge slit with a variably adjustable flow cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NuCellSys GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Sang, Andreas Knoop
  • Patent number: 8997787
    Abstract: Bottomed first regions 23a? and 23b?, and second regions 24a? and 24b? are formed by joining film 14 to undersurface 21 of chip body 12 of a micro-channel chip. Third regions 25a? and 25b? are formed between first regions 23a? and 23b?, and second regions 24a? and 24b? so as to be located on carbon inks 16a and 16b. The width of third regions 25a? and 25b? is formed so as to be greater than the width of carbon inks 16a and 16b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Nakao, Koichi Ono
  • Patent number: 8992183
    Abstract: Electro-osmosis is used to create droplets in order to easily, carefully, and quickly pick-and-place millions of objects (ranging in size from millimeters to nanometers) individually or in parallel. Droplets are formed within channels that are individually controlled in order to achieve a predetermined configuration of the selected objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Cheryl Perich, Ashley Macner, Hod Lipson, Paul Steen, Robert MacCurdy
  • Patent number: 8986546
    Abstract: To promote mixture of fluids on a plurality of stages, flow channels include a plurality of merging portions which penetrate from a top surface to a back surface of a substrate. An end of each of the sub channels is disposed so as to overlap the main channel at each of positions separated along the direction in which the main channel extends, and each of the merging portions communicates the main channels and the ends of the sub channels with each other, thereby changing a flow direction of the second fluid flowing through the sub channels to the thickness direction of the substrate, and merges the second fluid with the first fluid flowing through the main channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Noishiki, Makoto Nishimura, Takeshi Yamashita, Daisuke Nishikawa
  • Publication number: 20150064595
    Abstract: A fluid tube includes: a first fluid tube; a second fluid tube connected to the first fluid tube; and a flow velocity equalizer in the second fluid tube, where the flow velocity equalizer increases a uniformity of fluid flow passed therethrough, the second fluid tube is wider than the first fluid tube, and the flow velocity equalizer includes a diverging tube and a converging tube. The fluid tube may further include a fluid divider between the flow velocity equalizer and the first fluid tube. The diverging tube of the flow velocity equalizer may have a width increasing in a fluid flow direction, and the converging tube of the flow velocity equalizer may include a plurality of converging tubes having widths decreasing in the fluid flow direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jin-ho KIM, Tae-won SONG, Ji-rae KIM, Jeong-sik KO
  • Patent number: 8950435
    Abstract: Pressure compensators (1) for stabilizing a flow of water are disclosed. The pressure compensator (1) includes water compensating channels (3) formed on the outer periphery of their body (2), and flow orifices (4) passing through the pressure compensator (1), so that the water compensating channels and the flow orifices control the flow rate of the water at varying pressures. The body of the pressure compensator (1) preferably comprises a flexible material, such as rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Niagara Conservation Corp.
    Inventor: Wenjuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8950424
    Abstract: A microfluidic device for transporting a fluid, in particular a micropump or microvalve. The device has films, which lie against each other at film surfaces facing each other and are connected to each other in such a way that a transport channel to be formed between the films is defined, Deflecting apparatuses for forming the transport channel by jointly deflecting the films lie against each other in a direction perpendicular to the film surfaces. A deflecting surface region of the rear film in the deflection direction lies within the deflecting surface region of the front film in the deflection direction defined by the connection between the films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Thinxxs Microtechnology AG
    Inventors: Lutz Weber, Michel Neumeier
  • Patent number: 8944083
    Abstract: A microfluidic device for generation of monodisperse droplets and initiating a chemical reaction is provided. The microfluidic device includes a first input microchannel having a first dimension and including a first phase located therein. The device also includes a second input microchannel having a second dimension and including a second phase located therein. In accordance with the present disclosure, the second dimension is different from the first dimension and the first phase is immiscible in the second phase. A microchannel junction is also present and is in communication with the first input microchannel and the second input microchannel. The device further includes an output channel in communication with the microchannel junction and set to receive a monodisperse droplet. In the present disclosure, the difference in the first dimension and the second dimension creates an interfacial tension induced force at the microchannel junction which forms the monodisperse droplet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Patrick Collier, Scott T. Retterer, Seung-Yong Jung
  • Publication number: 20150023809
    Abstract: An ejector includes a nozzle having a fluid passage circular in cross section. The fluid passage includes a throat portion smallest in cross-sectional area, a divergent portion that becomes larger in cross-sectional area toward a downstream side from the throat portion, and an ejection port that is provided at a downstream end of the divergent portion. A passage wall surface of the divergent portion includes a recess portion that is recessed from within outward in a radial direction of the passage wall surface. The recess portion is located adjacent to the ejection port, and the recess portion extends continuously in a circumferential direction of the passage wall surface to enclose the fluid passage and have an annular shape. Accordingly, noise due to an expansion wave of the ejected fluid can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Etsuhisa Yamada, Haruyuki Nishijima
  • Patent number: 8919383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method for manipulating a liquid in a channel, wherein a body, which forms a capillary intermediate space with respect to the channel wall, is moved in the channel and the channel is filled with liquid only up to the body. Preferably, the body can also bridge an area of the channel that cannot be wetted for the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventor: Tobias Rodenfels
  • Publication number: 20140362144
    Abstract: A fluid path structure is manufactured by way of an aligning step of aligning a first resin part with a second resin part by inserting a projection formed on the first resin part into a corresponding hole formed in the second resin part and a welding step of welding joint surfaces of the first resin part and the second resin part, thereby forming a fluid path. The aligning step is executed so as to narrow the gap between the projection and the hole to a minimum at a base side of the projection relative to a half of the height of the hole and the welding step is executed only at the base side of the projection relative to the half of the height of the hole so as to make the lateral surface of the projection only partially contact with the lateral surface of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Shimamura
  • Patent number: 8905078
    Abstract: Provided is a method of controlling water droplet movement including providing a substrate including a superhydrophobic surface on which a hydrophilic channel guiding water droplet movement is patterned, introducing a water droplet on the substrate, and modulating a slope of the superhydrophobic surface for the water droplet to move on the superhydrophobic surface along the hydrophilic channel. Here, a width of the hydrophilic channel is modulated for the water droplet to move on the superhydrophobic surface having a certain angle with respect to a ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hae-Shin Lee, In-Seong You, Sung-Min Kang
  • Patent number: 8869815
    Abstract: A pinch valve, a chip including the pinch valve, a peristaltic pump including the pinch valve and a method for manufacturing the pinch valve. The pinch valve includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a third substrate. The third substrate is formed from an elastic material and situated between the first and second substrates. The first substrate adjoins the third substrate and includes at least one first recess on the side adjacent to the third substrate. The second substrate adjoins the third substrate and includes at least one second recess on the side adjacent to the third substrate. The first recess and the second recess are situated at least partially opposite each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Manuela Schmidt, Jochen Rupp
  • Patent number: 8851120
    Abstract: Chip body 130 in which a through hole or concave is formed, intermediate film 140, on one surface of which adhesive layer 150? is formed and lower film 170, on one surface of which transfer function layer 160 is formed, are prepared. Intermediate film 140 and lower film 170 are bonded together such that transfer function layer 160 is embedded in adhesive layer 150? to form a laminated body. The laminated body and chip body 130 are bonded together by thermocompression to manufacture micro-chip 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Kitamoto
  • Patent number: 8846183
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an elastomeric structure, comprising: forming a first elastomeric layer on top of a first micromachined mold, the first micromachined mold having a first raised protrusion which forms a first recess extending along a bottom surface of the first elastomeric layer; forming a second elastomeric layer on top of a second micromachined mold, the second micromachined mold having a second raised protrusion which forms a second recess extending along a bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer; bonding the bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer onto a top surface of the first elastomeric layer such that a control channel forms in the second recess between the first and second elastomeric layers; and positioning the first elastomeric layer on top of a planar substrate such that a flow channel forms in the first recess between the first elastomeric layer and the planar substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Marc A. Unger, Hou-Pu Chou, Todd A. Thorsen, Axel Scherer, Stephen R. Quake
  • Patent number: 8840850
    Abstract: A flow channel structure includes a substrate having a flow channel formed therein, and plural fibrous bristles extending from the inner wall of the flow channel. The flow channel is configured to allow a solution to flow through the flow channel. The inner wall of the flow channel is made of silicon. The flow channel is configured to allow a solution to flow through the flow channel. This flow channel structure can homogenize the solution inside the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Nakatani, Makoto Takahashi, Hiroshi Ushio, Takeki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8813777
    Abstract: An electrophoretic fluid separation structure (100) comprising a substrate (101) and a plurality of vertical nanowires (102) grown on the substrate (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventors: Pablo Garcia Tello, Vijaraghavan Madakasira
  • Publication number: 20140204450
    Abstract: A microfluidic panel including at least one substrate, one or more channels formed in the substrate, and fluid disposed within the one or more channels. The fluid is selected to store thermal energy and the microfluidic panel is adapted to convert the thermal energy into useable energy or condition the energy to adjust optical wavelength passband of the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PHOTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Progler
  • Publication number: 20140182726
    Abstract: The fluid mixing element in accordance with this invention forms a first internal flow channel whose starting end opens on an end surface of one end part and whose terminal end opens on an end surface of the other end part and a second internal flow channel whose starting end opens on a side peripheral surface of a middle part and whose terminal end opens on an end surface of the other end part. It is possible for the fluid mixing element to securely mix a first fluid flowing in a main flow channel with a second fluid flowing in a sub-flow channel by the use of a pipe with a short length with a simple arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Yasuda, Shigeyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8758633
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for fabricating nanofluidic channels having a height of from about 1 nm to about 10 nm. Generally, the method includes formation of doped silicon parallel strips in a silicon substrate, formation of a native oxide layer on the substrate, and etching of the native oxide layer at one of the strips to form a channel of a depth of between about 1 nm and about 10 nm. The method also includes bonding a second wafer to the surface, the second wafer including through etched windows to provide probe contacts to two of the parallel strips during use. These parallel strips provide high-frequency transmission lines in the device that can provide broadband dielectric spectroscopy measurement within the nanochannels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Clemson University
    Inventors: Pingshan Wang, Chunrong Song