TitleSingle- and multi-functional arrayed microchannel fluidic devices
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFisher, LW
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis, Or.

Novel fluidic devices that utilize an array of microchannels to achieve their designed purpose are discussed. Examples of devices include: fuel reforming using Microreactors, chip cooling using microchannel heat sinks, and microchannel devices used for biological applications. The devices that have directly contributed to this research include: a microchannel water pasteurizer and a microchannel device for waste heat energy conversion. The water pasteurizer discussion focuses on the design, fabrication, and testing of the device. The design and fabrication of a microchannel boiler (waste heat energy conversion) is also discussed, but the device has not yet been tested. These devices were designed using well-established heat exchanger calculation methods (log mean temperature difference) and fabrication methods (chemical etching and diffusion bonding). The pasteurizer testing returned positive results; the thermal profile matched the predictions and the device was capable of pasteurizing water per the design inputs.