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Microfluidics Glossary

Terms and Definitions used in the Microfluidics Industry

Microfludics Terms and Definitions

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
Computational modeling techniques used to simulate and optimize fluid flow, heat transfer, and mechanical behavior within microfluidic devices.

Flow Cell
A flow cell is characterized by a device with a fluid input and fluid output that allows controlled volumetric flow in a microfluidic device. The channel dimensions are adjusted to meet other functional requirements such a linear flow rate, or shear. The total thickness is adjusted to allow interface to a high magnification microscope objective. Flow cells can have glass microscope slides or coverslips integrated into them, with the channel being formed by a double-sided pressure sensitive adhesive layer with thicknesses between 25 microns up to 500 microns. Flow cells can be multiplexed in a single device to have multiple inlet and outlet ports, or designed to allow a single fluid stream to fill an array of channels or chambers. Inlet and Outlet ports to interface to tubing can be custom machined or 3D printed, or off the shelf components can be integrated using either threaded or pressure sensitive adhesive connections.

Flow Control
Techniques and mechanisms employed to regulate the flow of fluids within microfluidic devices.

Flow Focusing
A technique used to generate monodisperse droplets or particles by controlling the flow of fluids within microfluidic channels as it passes through a nozzle.

Fluid Circuit Technology
ALine's proprietary design and fabrication processes for creating microfluidic devices with engineered functionality such as valves, vents, pumps, metering and mixing functions. These engineered fluidic components are dropped into a design with optimized geometries and materials to simplify the execution of a complex workflow.

Fluidic Interconnects
Interfaces or connections used to interface microfluidic devices with external components such as pumps, sensors, and reservoirs. A key issue with fluidic interfaces is understanding how to transition from micron sized features in the device to connect to macro sized features typical of tubing, and standard connectors used in the instrument with standard pumps and reservoirs.

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