Reduction of Microvalve Leakage based on Precise Measurement of Flow Conductance
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This paper reports a reduction of microvalve leakage according to precise measurements of the leak and flow rates. The tight contact between a valve cap and seat, which is obtained by nanometer-scale flat surfaces and by self-alignment of a cap and seat-bore, makes the leakage from a microvalve ultra-low. The leak and flow rates are determined by precisely measuring pressure changes when introducing helium gas into a flow line. We have, consequently, attained a leak rate as low as 5.8×10<sup>-10</sup>Pa⋅m<sup>3</sup>/s and a flow rate ranging from 5.8×10<sup>-10</sup> to 3.2×10<sup>-4</sup>Pa⋅m<sup>3</sup>/s.
- The Journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan
The Journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan 117(12), 622-626, 1997-12-01
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