A micropillar-based microfluidic viscometer for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids

Mustafa A., Eser A., Aksu A. C. , Kiraz A., Tanyeri M., Erten A., ...More

ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, vol.1135, pp.107-115, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1135
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.aca.2020.07.039
  • Title of Journal : ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-115


In this study, a novel viscosity measurement technique based on measuring the deflection of flexible (poly) dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) micropillars is presented. The experimental results show a nonlinear relationship between fluid viscosity and the deflection of micropillars due to viscoelastic properties of PDMS. A calibration curve, demonstrating this nonlinear relationship, is generated, and used to determine the viscosity of an unknown fluid. Using our method, viscosity measurements for Newtonian fluids (glycerol/water solutions) can be performed within 2-100 cP at shear rates gamma = 60.5-398.4 s(-1). We also measured viscosity of human whole blood samples (non-Newtonian fluid) yielding 2.7-5.1 cP at shear rates gamma = 120-345.1 s(-1), which compares well with measurements using conventional rotational vis-cometers (3.6-5.7 cP). With a sensitivity better than 0.5 cP, this method has the potential to be used as a portable microfluidic viscometer for real-time rheological studies. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.