IMPELLER-FREE AGITATOR FOR SUSPENSION CULTURE OF MAMMALIAN CELLS.

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Journal Article

An impeller-free mechanism for suspension and agitation of mammalian cells or cell-covered microcarrier beads is described. The approach involves the controlled, large-amplitude deformation of a compliant portion of the bioreactor boundary. The deformable section, an elastomeric membrane, forms the bottom of a cylindrical reactor vessel. Cyclic pressure variations in a chamber below the membrane drive it smoothly between a flat and an inflated, concave configuration. The unsteady flow that develops within the reactor exhibits a primary vertical current capable of maintaining a suspension of microcarrier beads, as well as smaller-scale turbulence that could enhance the transport of dissolved oxygen. A small model reactor is described and a numerical simulation of the flow during a membrane deformation stroke is presented.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weaver, MK; Shaughnessy, EJ

Published Date

  • December 1, 1987

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 6

Citation Source

  • Scopus