Drug Delivery System

Application ID: 10278

This example describes the operation of a drug delivery system that supplies a variable concentration of a water soluble drug. A droplet with a fixed volume of water travels down a capillary tube at a constant velocity. Part of the capillary wall consists of a permeable membrane separating the interior of the capillary from a concentrated solution of the drug. As the drop passes by the membrane, its contact angle changes and the drug dissolves into the water. To model this process a constant flux of the drug is assumed on the capillary wall for the duration of its contact with the membrane. By altering the droplet velocity, the final concentration of the drug in the drop can be adjusted.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products:

Microfluidics Module