However, the encapsulant seals the channel, so elimination of parts of the tubes inside the channel during etching should not impression the formed micro-channel. 6 reveals the construction after the encapsulant is molded across the printed circuit board a hundred to kind the encapsulated structure 310.
6 also reveals that the solder mask above the off-board electrical interconnects 159 has been eliminated and an electrical connection 259 to the off-board electrical interconnects 159. Note that the fluidic connections 210, 220 project outside of the encapsulated construction 310. Etchant can then be pumped into the encapsulated structure 310 through the fluidic connections 210, 220 or an electrochemical etch could also be used. Etching is used to take away the outer layer copper trace a hundred and ten and inner layer copper hint a hundred and twenty. Etching will also remove the copper at the through areas 112, 114, 116, 118.
In this configuration, the electrolyte provides an electrochemical cell. The internal layer fluidic chamber 671 is plugged with two different solderable metallic cylinders 691, 693 which serve as fluidic plugs and as the anode 691 and cathode 693 of the electrochemical cell. The solderable steel cylinders 691, 693 are fixed with solder seals 631 to make sure that the electrolyte liquid doesn't escape.
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12 reveals an edge mounted fluidic connection with a preinstalled silicone or polymer tube 831 coupled to a steel tube 833 that tasks onto a hint 837 on a printed circuit board floor 810. Note that etching may trigger some portions of the metallic tube 822, 835 in FIGS. eleven and 12 to be removed or etched, when etching is used to take away traces 825, 837.
9, a center tube 713 offers for fluid switch while metal parts 712 provide areas at which solder could be applied to connect a fluidic connection to the port. 10 reveals vertical fluidic connection that has a silicone or plastic tube 811 coupled to a metal ring 813 that fixes the tube 811 above a trace 815 to be etched on a printed circuit board surface 810. The metallic ring 813 may be attached to the printed circuit board surface 810 with solder or other attachment techniques. 11 exhibits another vertical fluidic connection that has a preinstalled silicone tube 821 installed around a steel tube 822.
Solder 823 encircles the steel tube 822, holds the steel tube 822 towards the printed circuit board surface 810 and provides for a seal of the steel tube 822 against a trace 825. After etching, the hint 825 becomes a channel for fluid move from the metallic tube 822.
thirteen and 14 may present for the fabrication of batteries within a PCB. Electrolyte is introduced into an internal layer fluidic chamber 671.
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The metallic cylinders 691, 693 can then be electrically connected to a circuit or circuits on the identical PCB substrate 630 (or a circuit on one other substrate) to provide electrical energy for the circuit. Directing fluid into and out of the channels formed on or within a printed circuit board construction requires that fluidic connections be formed or mounted with strategies which might be suitable with PCB fabrication. 9-12 above present varied constructions and methods that may be used to fasten fluidic connections to outer layer fluidic channels, such as the outer layer fluidic channel 310 shown in FIG. 9 reveals a solderable port for receiving a fluidic connection that allows for fluid switch to a channel 710.