Modeling Duct Flow for Molecular Communication

Wicke W, Schwering T, Ahmadzadeh A, Jamali Kooshkghazi V, Noel A, Schober R (2018)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Accepted

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Future Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2018

Edited Volumes: Proceedings IEEE GlobeCom 2018

Event location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2018.8647632


Active transport such as fluid flow is sought in molecular communication to extend coverage, improve reliability, and mitigate interference. Flow models are often over-simplified, assuming one-dimensional diffusion with constant drift. However, diffusion and flow are usually encountered in three-dimensional bounded environments where the flow is highly non-uniform such as in blood vessels or microfluidic channels. For a qualitative understanding of the relevant physical effects inherent to these channels, based on the Peclet number and the transmitter-receiver distance, we study when simplified models of uniform flow and advection-only transport are applicable. For these two regimes, analytical expressions for the channel impulse response are derived and validated by particle-based simulation. Furthermore, as advection-only transport is typically overlooked and hence not analyzed in the molecular communication literature, we evaluate the symbol error rate for exemplary on-off keying as performance metric.

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Wicke, W., Schwering, T., Ahmadzadeh, A., Jamali Kooshkghazi, V., Noel, A., & Schober, R. (2018). Modeling Duct Flow for Molecular Communication. In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


Wicke, Wayan, et al. "Modeling Duct Flow for Molecular Communication." Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2018.

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