Active Fluid Mechanics For Programmable Matter

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In this research I have explored the use of fluid mechanics to create programmable matter. Programmable, reconfigurable systems are those whose properties can be reconfigured on-the-fly, either on-command to enhance autonomously in response to internal/external stimuli. functionality, or I have investigated two approaches to creating such programmable systems. In the first approach, I have used microfluidics to carry out directed fluidic assembly of microscale tiles to create programmable and reconfigurable target structures, while in the second approach, I have examined the use of optofluidics to reconfigure flow pathways and build morphable channel structures on a microfluidic device, thus creating programmable microfluidic systems.

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2011-08-31
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Microfluidics; Optofluidics; Programmable Matter; Assembly; Reconfigurable Microfluidics
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Erickson, David
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Lipson, Hod
Bhave, Sunil A.
Leibovich, Sidney
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Mechanical Engineering
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Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy
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