Actuator-Control Circuit Based on OTFTs and Flow-Rate Estimation for an All-Organic Fluid Pump

Lei CHEN  Tapas Kumar MAITI  Hidenori MIYAMOTO  Mitiko MIURA-MATTAUSCH  Hans Jürgen MATTAUSCH  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E99-A   No.4   pp.798-805
Publication Date: 2016/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E99.A.798
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Systems and Control
Keyword: 
organic actuator,  organic thin-film transistor,  organic circuit,  HiSIM-organic model,  circuit simulation,  fluid volume,  artificial lung,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we report the design of an organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) driver circuit for the actuator of an organic fluid pump, which can be integrated in a portable-size fully-organic artificial lung. Compared to traditional pump designs, lightness, compactness and scalability are achieved by adopting a creative pumping mechanism with a completely organic-material-based system concept. The transportable fluid volume is verified to be flexibly adjustable, enabling on-demand controllability and scalability of the pump's fluid-flow rate. The simulations, based on an accurate surface-potential OTFT compact model, demonstrate that the necessary driving waveforms can be efficiently generated and adjusted to the actuator requirements. At the actuator-driving-circuit frequency of 0.98Hz, an all-organic fluid pump with 40cm length and 0.2cm height is able to achieve a flow rate of 0.847L/min, which satisfies the requirements for artificial-lung assist systems to a weakened normal lung.