Student working on a research project.

Advanced 3D Mesh Manipulation In Stereolithographic Files And Post-Print Processing For The Manufacturing Of Patient-Specific Vascular Flow Phantoms

Most of the phantoms mimicking complex vascular networks (e.g. cardiac or brain) and vascular disease (e.g. aneurysms or stenosis) are an approximation of a biological system. 3D printing and programmable pumps offer us the possibility to finally create a bench-top system which is geometrically accurate, but fails to provide reliable feedback on device navigation or blood flow simulations. To achieve these goals, we propose to modify material surface properties using various coatings and optimize phantom design based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. We plan to create arterial networks which reproduce the hydraulic resistance of the simulated vascular network. In addition we will use 3D surface alteration and coatings to increase or decrease the roughness of the arterial wall depending on the simulated physiology (i.e. smooth lumen or plaque), to provide a mechanical accurate bench-top solution to endovascular device safety testing.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: 3D image manipulation, CFD, Medical Imaging
Compensation: Volunteer
Available: Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Ciprian N IOnita
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Office: 8052 CTRC
Phone: 716 829 5413