Observation Chambers for Dynamic Microscopic Flow Visualization (DYNASCOPE)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,995.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
52202
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA8
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7200 Highway 150, Greenville, IN, 47124
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Todd
Principal Investigator
(812) 923-9591
ptodd@shot.com
Business Contact:
Mark S Deuser
President & CEO
(812) 923-9591
mdeuser@shot.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The specific innovation proposed, tentatively named ¿DYNASCOPE¿, is an innovative system of microscopy equipment capable of unique sample manipulation and real-time observation. A uniquely designed hollow microscope slide with high manufacturability offers an opportunity to study the effects of capillary forces, magnetic fields, electrokinetic fields, and microscopic hydrodynamics on a wide range of fluids including biological samples. The key element of the system is the hollow slide which interfaces with other modular components, providing novel opportunities to manipulate fluid samples and to observe flows using particle image velocimetry and similar optical techniques. Three sets of endcaps, each specifically designed to accommodate pumps, magnets, or electrodes, offer flexibility, stringent control of the applicable field, and user-friendly interfaces. DYNASCOPE will facilitate video recording of motion in a variety of fluid samples on Earth or in space. Laboratory applications include the study of magnetized particle interactions, electokinetically induced aggregation and coalescence, and flow driven by capillary forces in phase-changing mixtures and porous media. In space research, DYNASCOPE can serve similar purposes, in which the gravity-dependent components of the above phenomena can be studied using the Light Microscopy Module designed for the International Space Station¿s Fluids Integrated Rack.

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