Document Type

Biomechanics and bioengineering paper

Publication details

Griffani, DS, Einav, I, Rognon, P 2014, 'The role of channel networks in biological transfers', in ST Smith (ed.), 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), vol. II, Byron Bay, NSW, 9-12 December, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, pp. 899-904. ISBN: 9780994152008.

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Using a tracer method, we investigate transfers in idealised systems comprising a diffusive solid pervaded by an array of channels through which a liquid flows according to a Hagen-Poiseuille velocity field. We systematically measure the transfer efficiency for systems of differing average flow velocity, diffusivity, channel radius, length and spacing. We present a semi-empirical model that relates transfer efficiency to the system variables. The model captures the entire range of results. From this model, we derive a transfer efficiency chart to serve as a starting point for the design of engineered biological systems.