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EPSRC Reference: GR/S77196/01
Title: Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Gas Microsystems
Principal Investigator: Reese, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Emerson, Professor D Barber, Dr RW
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Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2004 Ends: 30 September 2007 Value (£): 197,521
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fluid Dynamics Heat & Mass Transfer
Microsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Chemicals Electronics
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Microengineering is set to revolutionise the control and analysis of biological, chemical, aerodynamic and other industrial processes. However, a range of important micron-scale gas flows cannot be effectively modelled at present: the Navier-Stokes equations with no-slip boundary conditions do not apply to these far-from-equilibrium systems. The applicants propose, therefore, constructing and exploring a new mathematical model built upon higher order governing equations derived from fundamental kinetic theory. We will also investigate novel forms of the slip boundary conditions for solid surfaces. After testing this model against published experimental data, we will use it to examine a range of gas flows in industrially-relevant MEMS geometries, focussing on uncovering new phenomenological information. Drawing on the experience of the Centre for Microfluidics at Daresbury, and the new models for rarefied gas flows being developed at King's, this joint research programme will also benefit from international collaboration: the Visiting Fellow, Dr Rho Shin Myong, will aid us in both establishing the theoretical basis for the model and tackling the demanding numerical problems. He will bring knowledge, skills and experience into the UK research base.
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