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Durability Testing for an LVAD - P08025
- To design and build a durability test machine for a magnetically levitated axial flow Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) that is being developed here at RIT. This proposed durability test machine will be used to test the operation of the VAD pumps with the principal goal of testing the pumps over long duration (>1 year) of operation. The test machine will emulate the conditions which the pump will experience when implanted in a human, but will not include details of the physiological states of the human circulatory loop. This test machine will be controlled and monitored by various computer systems and electronics. The test machine has to be extremely reliable and allow the operation of the pump(s) and associated flow loop(s) un-interupted for a continuous period of two years. This includes issues such as, Environmental Isolation, Power Grid Isolation, Reliable Data Storage, Networking, and Control Systems.
- The ultimate goal of the project is to provide a testing fixture that will help the LVAD-R2 reach the clinical testing phase by providing data on the reliability of these devices. Note that this project is directed at development of the test machine and is no way responsible for proper operation or reliability of the VAD itself.