P16081: Circulatory System

Review Outline

Table of Contents

Phase I: Problem Definition Review

P16081 Team

Mallory Lennon - Biomedical Engineer & Project Manager

John Ray - Biomedical Engineer & Communications Director

Fabian Perez - Biomedical Engineer & Purchasing Coordinator

Jacob Zaremski - Mechanical Engineer & Lead Engineer

Robert Kelley - Mechanical Engineer & Document Control Coordinator/EDGE

Project Objective Statement

Our goal is to deliver a functioning physical model of systemic circulation which, when used in conjunction with the P16080 heart pump, will be used as a teaching tool that will allow students to validate mathematical models of the circulatory system from Chapter 5 of “Quantitative Human Physiology” An Introduction by Joseph Feher. The model will ultimately enhance students' understanding of the circulatory system by making it possible for them to analyze both normal and pathological conditions through the measurement of relevant parameters, such as pressure and flow.

Goals for this review

Overall, we hope to use the information gathered here and the feedback received after this review to proceed with confidence to the second phase of our project.

Background Summary

Current state:
Desired state:



Other models for benchmarking:

Meetings be will scheduled to assess the applicability of these in our system design. The team is currently reaching out to other schools to see how their needs are being met in terms of a circulatory model for their physiology laboratory courses. The Dr. Day model draws most of its inspiration from the Donovan Mock Circulation Model, which is still used present day by some companies for the FDA testing of their artificial heart devices.


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Worthwhile use of funds, working model, model worth showing off, model worth replicating, model that helps students better understand material
Easy model to explain methods of use, accurate mathematical model, visually simple to display functions
Easy to work with, model for use in lab, ability to visually understand the mathematical model, easy to model and understand different pathologies
Strong representation of use of hardware provided, advertise to students about quality and precision of PASCO hardware, develop familiarity with use of sensors for post-educational use
P16080 Heart Pump Group
Ability to model pathologies from the output of the pump, showcase the effects from generating a life-like pulse, encapsulate key functions of heart pump
Future Project Teams
Provide easy-to-follow documentation to allow for easy duplication and improvement

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Use Scenario

Use Scenario

Use Scenario

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Customer Requirements

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Engineering Requirements

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House of Quality

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Risks and Concerns

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Project Plan

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The notes and subsequent action items gathered from the Problem Definition Review can be found here.

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