P09045: Membrane Characterization Test Stand


Table of Contents

Project Overview

While traditional tensile, compression, or bending tests are acceptable for characterizing the mechanical properties of large-scale samples of traditional metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites, the characterization of biological materials that undergo unusual loading scenarios requires specialized equipment. A current research project is underway to create computer simulations of expanding alveolar sacs in order to model particle deposition in the lungs. However, little is known about the mechanical properties of lung tissue or the surrogate polymer material currently used in the physical simulations. The device constructed for this project will be used to determine the mechanical properties of thin polymer membranes and eventually samples of lung tissue.

The design and construction of this device is being sponsored by Dr. DeBartolo and Dr. Robinson

Administrative Information

Project Name
Membrane Characterization Test Stand
Project Number
Project Family
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
Bioengineering Fundamentals
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guides
Dr. DeBartolo & Dr. Robinson (ME)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ryan Hellems
Primary Customer
Dr. DeBartolo
Customer Contact Information
RIT Mechancial Engineering Department
eademe@rit.edu, 475-2152

Published Documents

This section contains the most up to date documents:

MSDI Project Plan

Preliminary Team Powerpoint

Customer Needs Assessment

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

MSDII Milestone Schedule

Final Test Plan

Current Bill of Materials

Conference Paper (SD II)

Poster (SD II) (.zip file)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

CAD Files

Final Documentation

Team Documents

The following sections of the web site contain the entire design history of this project, however they are not the most up to date documents.


Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Flow Diagram

Weekly Tasks and Assessments

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Preliminary Benchmarking

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture

Detail Design

Detailed Design Analysis

Current Progress

Testing and Refinement

See Test Plan