Biomedical Engineering Labs:
Our team of scientists and engineers work alongside our customers to gain a better understanding of the function of the various Biological Systems, the impact of diseases on these systems and the current treatment solutions.
We are currently working on a variety of applied research projects under the following headings:
- Smart Inhalers
- Numerical Modelling of tolerance stack-up
- Computational Fluid Dynamics for inhaler design
- Micro-injection moulding technologies
Many of the above projects are in collaboration with Universities or Research Institutes. We are also interested in exploring the following topics:
- High speed video
- High speed X-Ray imaging of inhaler mechanisms
- Schlieren flow visualisation of inhaler plumes
- Thermal imaging
Basic Research: Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioelectronics, Bio-MEMS
Applied Research: Surgery, Rehabilitation Engineering, Prosthetics, Clinical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering
As the world becomes more connected, patients are being treated and managed in their homes rather than via hospital admission (‘connected healthcare’). Electronics, biosensors and big data will all play an important role in the future of healthcare. Accordingly, we are involved in a number of smart inhaler research projects.
Numerical modelling of tolerance stack-up
Computational methods are used to simulate the effects of manufacturing tolerance on the interactions between device components and their ability to function correctly. Various dimensional or tolerance changes are included to explore potential design improvements.
Computational Fluid Dynamics for inhaler design
CFD is used to explore and optimise novel inhaler concepts in support of our inhaler design capabilities.
Micro-injection moulding technologies
We are involved in the research of micro-injection moulding and mass manufacturing technologies for next generation micro-fluidic devices.
- High speed video
3200 frames per second (full frame) up to 10’s of thousands (regions of interest)
Study mechanical integrity during high speed motion:
High speed X-Ray imaging of inhaler mechanisms
- Drop Test investigations.
- High speed rotation.
Study internal mechanical details and motion at high speed
Schlieren flow visualisation of inhaler plumes
- Internal structure of objects and motion of internal mechanisms.
- Inhaler propellant dynamics within metering chamber.
Capability to study (normally invisible) gas dynamics
- Study inhaler plumes without the need to seed the flow with particles.
- A method to validate CFD model outputs.
Capability to capture and study dynamic temperature distributions
- Understanding the thermo-dynamic behavior of PMDI plumes.