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Title:
METHODS OF OPERATING MICROVALVE ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED STRUCTURES AND RELATED DEVICES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2006012509
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A valve assembly may include a main housing and first and second electro-statically actuated valves. The main housing may define at least three chambers, with a first chamber configured to be coupled to a high pressure supply port, a second chamber configured to be coupled to an output port, and a third chamber configured to be coupled to a low pressure exhaust port. The first electro-statically actuated valve may be provided between the first and second chambers, and the first electro-statically actuated valve may allow or substantially block fluid communication between the first chamber and the second chamber responsive to a first electrical signal. The second electro-statically actuated valve may be provided between the second and third chambers, and the second electro-statically actuated valve may allow or substantially block fluid communication between the second chamber and the third chamber responsive to a second electrical signal. Related methods are also discussed.

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Inventors:
TEACH WILLIAM O (US)
GIBSON PAUL W (US)
DOUGLAS KEVIN R (US)
HARRIS DONALD C (US)
GOODWIN SCOTT H (US)
DAUSCH DAVID E (US)
DETTLOFF WAYNE D (US)
Application Number:
US2005026029W
Publication Date:
April 06, 2006
Filing Date:
July 22, 2005
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
AFA CONTROLS, LLC
TEACH, WILLIAM O.
GIBSON, PAUL W.
DOUGLAS, KEVIN R.
HARRIS, DONALD C.
GOODWIN, SCOTT H.
DAUSCH, DAVID E.
DETTLOFF, WAYNE D.
International Classes:
F16J3/00
Foreign References:
US20040124384A12004-07-01
Other References:
JIE WU: "Inductive links with integrated receiving coils for mems and implantable applications" 30 September 2003 (2003-09-30), UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME , NOTRE DAME, INDIANA, USA , XP002357543 page III - page V paragraph [01.3]
PAUL B KOENEMAN ET AL.: "Feasability of Micro Power Suplies for MEMS" JOURNAL OF MICROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS, vol. 6, no. 4, 4 December 1997 (1997-12-04), XP002354504
THOMAS LISEC ET AL.: "A bistable pneumatic microswitch for driving fluidic components" INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOLIDE-STATE SENSORS AND ACTUATORS, no. 8, 26 June 1995 (1995-06-26), - 29 June 1995 (1995-06-29) pages 309-312, XP002354505 Stockholm, Sweden
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