06290685 is referenced by 92 patents and cites 145 patents.

An active fluid transport device (

10, 40, 54, 60

) that includes a layer (

12

) of polymeric material. The layer (

12

) has a structured surface (

13

) that includes a plurality of substantially discrete flow channels (

16

). The flow channels (

16

) have a minimum aspect ratio of about 10 to 1 and a hydraulic radius no greater than about 300 micrometers. The device may also include a connector (

20, 55

) that allows a potential source (

14

) external to the structured surface (

13

) to be placed in fluid communication with the discrete flow channels (

16

). The potential source (

14

) promotes fluid movement through the flow channels (

16

) from a first location to a second location.

Title
Microchanneled active fluid transport devices
Application Number
9/99269
Publication Number
6290685 (B1)
Application Date
June 18, 1998
Publication Date
September 18, 2001
Inventor
Randall L Knoll
Stillwater
MN, US
Raymond P Johnston
Lake Elmo
MN, US
Thomas I Insley
West Lakeland Township
MN, US
Assignee
3M Innovative Properties Company
MN, US
IPC
A61M 1/100
View Original Source