P10454: VAD Test Loop


Project Summary Project Information

Hydraulic flow loop for LVAD performance and blood compatibility testing: The hydraulic flow loop will be robust (leak proof), instrumented, easy to fill, drain, test, record, and sample blood from a Left Ventricular Assistive Device (LVAD). The VAD team will use this for hydraulic testing of prototype pumps. Additionally, the same loop should have a small enough priming volume and be made of bio compatible materials so that it can be used for recirculating blood in the experiments.

Positive/Successful Experience

Obtaining fast and accurate data results so we can provide Dr. Day with positive or negative feedback about his LVAD.

Latest Info

  • The sensors are not calibrated
  • Heater is not set up
  • Pressure sensor is not functioning properly
  • Redesign of sensor location is needed
  • Restrictor to increase pressure of system is to small
  • Wires getting tangled
  • Lab View program not working correctly
  • Quick Connects cause pressure change
Project Name
VAD Test Loop
Project Number
Project Family
09021, 09454
Assistance Devise
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Steven Day
Faculty Consultant
Ed Hanzlik
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary Customer
Dr. Steven Day

Team Documents

Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design Power Points Information

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Affinity Diagram

Voice of the Engineer

Literature Search


Risk Assessment

House of Quality

Objective Tree

Function Tree

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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Project Midpoint Review

Project Final Review

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What is an LVAD?

Why are they important?