P19605: Composite Body Pump
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In October 2016, Dr. Ghoneim as well as RIT student, Zhen Yin developed and completed preliminary testing of a compliant/flexible body pump. Through applications of finite element analysis as well as taking advantage of composite material properties, it was demonstrated that a compliant body pump is able to have a high volumetric efficiency when compared to typical rigid pumps. Pumping potential, or the relative change in volume to change in length of a compliant body pump, was introduced by Ghoneim as a performance metric for understanding the volumetric efficiency of flexible body pumps.

High volumetrically efficient pumps are useful in a variety of scenarios: whether a pump is required to move large volumes of fluid, or certain scenarios constrain spatial limits, compliant body pumps are able to perform tasks with a high pumping potential. The goals of this project are to design, manufacture, and test a compliant body pump constructed of a flexible matrix composite. The design must have a pumping potential of that equal to or greater than 4, or equivalent to the heart. Furthermore, pump power efficiency should be minimized such that a balance is found between volumetric efficiency and power consumption efficiency.

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Project Name
Composite Body Pump
Project Number
P19605
Project Family
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Start Term
2185
End Term
2191
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth, (315)651-0014
Primary Customer
Dr. Hany Ghoneim , contact
Sponsor (financial support)
Funding provided by a gift from Harris Corporation

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Member Major Role Contact
Elijah Eaton ME Project Manager ene3048@g.rit.edu
Zachary Coutu ME Lead Engineer zcc1522@g.rit.edu
Christian Pape ME Facilitator cdp7997@g.rit.edu
Douglas Bean EE Purchaser dab3710@g.rit.edu
Joseph Tanner ME Communications jjt2818@g.rit.edu

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