Simulation and enhancement of a cardiovascular device test rig

Gregory, Shaun, Greatrex, Nicholas, Timms, Daniel L., Gaddum, Nicholas Richard, Pearcy, Mark J., & Fraser, John F. (2010) Simulation and enhancement of a cardiovascular device test rig. Journal of Simulation, 4(1), pp. 34-41.

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Cardiovascular assist devices are tested in mock circulation loops (MCLs) prior to animal and clinical testing. These MCLs rely on characteristics such as pneumatic parameters to create pressure and flow, and pipe dimensions to replicate the resistance, compliance and fluid inertia of the natural cardiovascular system. A mathematical simulation was developed in SIMULINK to simulate an existing MCL. Model validation was achieved by applying the physical MCL characteristics to the simulation and comparing the resulting pressure traces. These characteristics were subsequently altered to improve and thus predict the performance of a more accurate physical system. The simulation was successful in simulating the physical mock circulation loop, and proved to be a useful tool in the development of improved cardiovascular device test rigs.

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ID Code: 31250
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1057/jos.2009.15
ISSN: 1747-7778
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Medical Devices (090304)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Operational Research Society Ltd
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2010 22:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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