A new parallel plate flow chamber that has a linear variation of shear stress, starting from a predetermined maximum value at the entrance and falling to zero at the exit, has been designed and tested. This is in contrast to the usual rectangular channel plan which produces a constant shear stress over the entire length. The new design is based on the theory of Hele-Shaw flow between parallel plates. To verify the efficacy of the flow channel, the effect of fluid shear stress on platelet adhesion to a fibrinogen-coated glass surface was tested. The percentage of attached platelets after 5 min of shear stress is shown to be a function of shear stress. With this new flow chamber, cell-cell interactions can be studied efficiently over a wide range of shear stress using a single run at constant discharge.