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Establishment of temperature control scheme for microbioreactor operation using integrated microheater
journal contributionposted on 2015-02-01, 00:00 authored by A Zainal, Amir Moghadam, Abbas KouzaniAbbas Kouzani
This paper presents design and fabrication of a microbioreactor platform, and implementation of two temperature control methods (i.e. on-off and PID) and their performance evaluation on the microbioreactor platform (working volume ~300 μL). The temperature of the microbioreactor content is controlled by using a subminiature heater placed underneath the microbioreactor and is measured with a miniature Pt 100 sensor. The microbioreactor is also integrated with a magnetic stirring capacity and a water evaporation control scheme. Programs for the two temperature control methods are written in LabVIEW software and implemented by interfacing them with a data acquisition card. It is shown that by implementing on–off and PID temperature control methods, the temperature of the microbioreactor content can be tightly controlled with an accuracy of approximately ±0.5 °C of the set point values. Both control methods also provide a good response and settling time values (i.e. around 2 min). Contrary to the on/off control method, the PID control method requires no adjustments whenever the set-point values are modified. The PID temperature control method works well for the entire tested range.