Model predictive hydrodynamic regulation of microflows

Leonidas G. Bleris, Jesus G. Garcia, Mark G. Arnold, Mayuresh V. Kothare

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We study the problem of hydrodynamic regulation of a flow stream in a microfluidic geometry using model predictive control (MPC). Via bit-accurate emulations we mimic, on a 32-bit microcontroller, the optimization operations associated with MPC. Additionally, we use finite element method simulations to solve the coupled partial differential equation problem that describes the flow and diffusive transport in the examined microfluidic geometry. This combination of simulations and hardware emulations allows us to examine the feasibility of a real-time embedded MPC chip in closed loop with a microsystem, and provide estimates of the performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number006
Pages (from-to)1792-1799
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics


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