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Fornari A.,Schlumberger | Sullivan M.,Schlumberger | Chen H.,Schlumberger | Harrison C.,Schlumberger | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2010

We have studied the phenomenon of squeeze film damping in a liquid with a microfabricated vibrating plate oscillating in its fundamental mode with out-of-plane motion. It is paramount that this phenomenon be understood so that proper choices can be made in terms of sensor design and packaging. The influences of plate-wall distance h, effective plate radius R, and fluid viscosity and density on squeeze film damping have been studied. We experimentally observe that the drag force is inertia dominated and scales as 1/ h3 even when the plate is far away from the wall, a surprising but understandable result for a microfluidic device where the ratio of h to the viscous penetration depth is large. We observe as well that the drag force scales as R3, which is inconsistent with squeeze film damping in the lubrication limit. These two cubic power laws arise due to the role of inertia in the high frequency limit. Copyright © 2010 by ASME.

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