Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - SCU Access Only


Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.



First Advisor

Ismail Emre Araci


The elastic properties of non-Newtonian liquids results in nonlinear fluid dynamics, hence leading to microfluidic rectifier operation in asymmetric channel designs. We showed that an in silico model of a triangular a microfluidic structure with a viscoelastic liquid exhibits similar anisotropic flow characteristics to the experimental data. We have designed and tested new rectifier geometries to improve the anisotropic flow behavior, and developed a micro-pump, compared the triangular rectifier structure with a concave rectifier design, and demonstrated pumping improvement. The micro-pump device shows promise as a skin mountable capillary sensor, which sees use in physical therapy in the realm of improving patient-clinician dialogue and patient adherence to exercise regiments.

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