P12022: Pump Characterization Test System


Project Summary Project Information


In the world of today, about 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure (CHF). Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump the required amount of blood throughout the body. This is a very serious condition responsible for about 287,000 deaths per year. Wireless power transmission has a lot of potential usages in the modern world. One of the main applications would be in Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD). Currently, VAD's have only been used for bridge-to-transplant, meaning they are implanted to keep the patient alive long enough to receive a heart transplant. With wireless power transmission, the patient will not have to worry about possible infection risks due to having a wire sticking out of their body.

Project Scope

The customer has requested the design and creation of a wireless power transmission device, and a test rig for it as well. The Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD) Power Test Rig will be used to quantify the abilities of the Wireless Power Transmission device, some of which include input and output power and the heat generated. We will be working alongside another group, 12026, they are responsible for the design of the device.

Overall Objectives:

  • The ability to interface with the LVAD wireless power transmission device
  • Quantify input power and output power
  • State temperature of device
  • Quantify torque induced by rotation
  • Quantify compressive force induced by magnetic couple
  • Display rotational speed of device
  • Ability to switch out transmission materials
Project Name
LVAD Power Test Rig
Project Number
Project Track
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Stephen Day
Sponsor (financial support)
Stephen Day
Final test rig design

Final test rig design

Updated Final test rig design

Updated Final test rig design

Final clamp design

Final clamp design

Photo of Test Rig

Photo of Test Rig

Final Labview GUI

Final Labview GUI

Team Members

Erin Mcnally, Pedro Baez, Kris Stichter, Paul Parthemore

Erin Mcnally, Pedro Baez, Kris Stichter, Paul Parthemore

Member Role Contact
Erin McNally Team Leader eem7984@rit.edu
Paul Parthemore Integration Engineer pxp7101@rit.edu
Kris Stichter Design Engineer kjs9510@rit.edu
Pedro Baez Design Engineer pab2532@rit.edu


Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design Detailed Design Review

Project Readiness Package

Team Values and Norms

Customer Needs

Specification Chart

Specs vs Needs Chart

Risk Management

Week 3 Preliminary Design Review

Week 4 Preliminary System Design Review

Block Diagram

MSD Concept Selection Matrix

Week 5 System Design Review

Week 9 Detailed Design Review

Design Evolution

Feasibility Analysis

Bill of Materials

DDR Action Items

Group Integration Specs

Harness Layout

Device Wire Layout

MSD II Schedule

Team Member Project Status

Vision for Week 3

Individual Plans and Accomplishments Calibration Spec Analysis Final

Individual 3 Week Plans 3-6

Individual 3 Week Plans 6-8

Week 3 Accomplishments

Week 3 Demo Details

Week 6 Demo Details

Calibration Specs

Calibration Test Plan

RYG Analysis of Specs

P12022 Poster Design

P12022 Final Presentation

P12022 Final Paper

P12022 and P12026 User Manual

GUI Evolution

Final Bill of Materials

Overall Team Assessment