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Fish have flow sensors, which allow them to swim in flowing water: the so-called nanomasts that sit on either side of the body. These senses consist of microscopically small hairs that generate electrical nerve currents.
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Post-doc researcher Shivaram Arunachalam from the Research Centre Biobased Economy (RCBBE) of Hanze University Groningen applied the same principle in a new in situ real-time flow sensor. This can be used, for instance, to measure liquid flows in a pipeline, mixer or bioreactor vessel.

With a combination of 3D and inkjet printing, this sensor can be produced relatively cheaply. It is small, works without batteries and can possibly be assembled from renewable materials. Mid-September, Arunachalam held an online lecture about his research.

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