3 Scenarios When Density of Microspheres Matters in Research

Does Density of Microspheres Matter for Fluid Suspension?

When is the density of microspheres important? Density of microspheres controls the buoyancy of each particle and its behavior in a system or process. Let’s look at three scenarios: (1) suspension of microspheres in a specific fluid, (2) fluid flow, performing flow visualizations, or particle image velocimetry, and (3) simulation or modeling of objects with specific density.

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Particle Dispersion Experiments in Plant Canopies

UV Fluorescent Microspheres

Fluorescent Microspheres in Particle Dispersion Experiment Fluorescent microspheres produced by Cospheric LLC were used as part of ongoing work to to conduct particle dispersion experiments in plant canopies and study the mechanisms of fungal epidemiology in vineyards. The University of Utah in collaboration with USDA Labs in Corvallis, OR performed five field particle dispersion campaigns in commercial vineyards in…

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PIV Seeding – Microparticle Recommendations

Flow Visualization can best be accomplished with colored or fluorescent tracing particles of the same density as the fluid being studied. Very bright fluorescent micro-particles are available in densities of 1g/cc these offer not only bright testing under daylight conditions, but also the option of illumination with lasers or uv lights for increased system contrast.

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Density Marker Beads

Density marker beads offer enable excellent stratification, and bright coloration for high visibility with the unaided eye. Density marker beads of accurately known mass density are generally used as an external marker to facilitate the monitoring of the density gradient shape and range. Historically density calibration beads in the size ranges of 212-250um or 250-300um are used.

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Neutrally Buoyant in Water – Microspheres with Specific Gravity of 1g/cc

Suspension of microspheres in water enables the visualization and characterization of fluid flow and testing the capability of devices to withstand particulate matter in the fluid stream, ensuring that microspheres do not settle and do not float on the surface. Most of these polymer microspheres are at least moderately opaque and clearly visible in water, clear or translucent…

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Phosphorescent Microspheres – Long Afterglow Particles

Phosphorescent microspheres in particle sizes 10 to 600 microns are now available from Cospheric LLC. These phosphorescent particles are 90% spherical and appear to be off-white under ordinary daylight or regular room illumination.? However, when the lights are turned off these phosphorescent particles exhibit phosphorescent yellow-green after-glow. The spheres have tight particle size distributions and are > 90% within…

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Microspheres for Medical Devices – MDDI Magazine – January 2011

High-quality polymer microspheres are commercially available in a
wide variety of colors and with controlled fluorescence, opacity,
specific gravity, particle size distribution, and electrostatic charge,
presenting endless possibilities for use in developing and testing
medical devices. To select the right microsphere for the job, one must
rely on detailed knowledge of the application and on the technical
judgment of…

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Microspheres: Technologies and Global Markets

An extensive market research report titled Microspheres: Technologies and Global Markets was recently published by BCC Research marketing firm. The microspheres report examines the spherical microparticles used as components in many advanced materials and composites, in the healthcare and personal care industries, and in many specialty research and development applications. The report estimates the size of the microsphere industry…

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