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Mesofluidic two stage digital valve

United States Patent

December 31, 2013
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A mesofluidic scale digital valve system includes a first mesofluidic scale valve having a valve body including a bore, wherein the valve body is configured to cooperate with a solenoid disposed substantially adjacent to the valve body to translate a poppet carried within the bore. The mesofluidic scale digital valve system also includes a second mesofluidic scale valve disposed substantially perpendicular to the first mesofluidic scale valve. The mesofluidic scale digital valve system further includes a control element in communication with the solenoid, wherein the control element is configured to maintain the solenoid in an energized state for a fixed period of time to provide a desired flow rate through an orifice of the second mesofluidic valve.
Jansen; John F. (Knoxville, TN), Love; Lonnie J. (Knoxville, TN), Lind; Randall F. (Loudon, TN), Richardson; Bradley S. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 020,626
February 3, 2011
GOVERNMENT INTEREST The inventions were made with government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the inventions.