Simulation Specialisms


Microfluidic devices are used in a wide range of research and development activities as well as commercial contexts. In all cases, simulation can reduce the time and effort spent on fabrication and testing when many configurations are required.

Because of the complexity of fluidic and chemical systems, experimental designs must be very carefully planned. Simulation can help you focus on the things that matter, getting products to market faster and at less cost.

Microfluidic phenomena can be applied to a broad range of medical devices, from droplet formation in drug delivery to fluid flow in surgical catheters. Some of the most significant applications are in the development of in-vitro diagnostic devices, where microfluidics can transform a complex bench assay system into a compact device or Lab-on-a-Chip devices.

These allow for savings in lab space, reductions in sample and reagent volumes, and point-of-care diagnostics.

Microfluidics are a key component of many biological and chemical process systems, where the handling of fluids on small scales allows for enhanced process control and reduced reagent usage results in significantly less waste. The enhanced process control allows for the more efficient production of high-value, low-to-moderate volume products. Due to the small size of the channels, designers take advantage of well-controlled mixing and heat transfer processes. Simulation can help describe these for bespoke channel geometries and operating conditions.

We use COMSOL Multiphysics to help characterize single or multiphase flows in small channels. Xi can guide you through the unique physics of microfluidics and assist your development of novel microfluidic devices. Our skills allow us to simulate laminar, turbulent, and even high-speed Mach flows, Multiphase flows, diffusion and convection processes, and fluid-structure analyses which are common in such CFD studies.

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