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Conditions for fluid separations in microchannels, capillary-driven fluid separations, and laminated devices capable of separating fluids

United States Patent

March 18, 2008
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Methods of separating fluids using capillary forces and/or improved conditions for are disclosed. The improved methods may include control of the ratio of gas and liquid Reynolds numbers relative to the Suratman number. Also disclosed are wick-containing, laminated devices that are capable of separating fluids.
TeGrotenhuis; Ward E. (Kennewick, WA), Stenkamp; Victoria S. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
11/ 070,628
March 1, 2005
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.