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Published January 2000 | Published
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Micromachined rubber O-ring micro-fluidic couplers


In this paper, we present a novel type of a "quick-connect" for micro-fluidic devices realized by a simple silicone-rubber O-ring MEMS coupler. As shown in this work, the proposed O-ring couplers are easy to fabricate and utilize, reusable, can withstand high pressure (>60 psi), and provide good seals. In the paper, results from both the leak rate test and pull-out test are presented, demonstrating the functionality of the O-ring couplers.

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© 2000 IEEE. The authors would like to thank our colleague, Charles Grosjean, for constant suggestions and assistance on the device fabrication for this project.

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