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.
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however, additional products may be required to completely define and model it. Furthermore, this example may also be defined and modeled using components from the following product combinations:
- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- either the CFD Module, Chemical Reaction Engineering Module, Microfluidics Module, or Polymer Flow Module
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