Design and implementation of a balloon catheter pressure testing system

Aaron Tucker, Breanne Retherford, Paul Rothweiler, Ahmed Selim, Art Erdman

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Abstract

Medical device companies that aim to sell catheters with pressure sensing elements need a way to test their systems during the design phase. An example of one of these products is an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) which provides mechanical pumping assistance to a patient experiencing cardiogenic shock. To test these devices, companies will place the assembly in controlled pressure chamber to examine the response to pressure changes. However, commercially available systems are cost prohibitive. To solve this problem, a custom, low-cost, pneumatic catheter test chamber was designed and built to provide a benchtop platform for experimentation. In order to control the chamber pressure, the electromechanical system utilizes feedback control and solenoid valves controlled by an Arduino microcontroller. Since pneumatic systems exhibit nonlinear behavior, a novel control method was used to implement proportional-integral control and simulate the pressure profile experienced in the human body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883549
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2020Apr 9 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020

Conference

Conference2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period4/6/204/9/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded in part by MN-REACH and by the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Translational Product Development Fund (CTSI TPDF).

Keywords

  • Catheter Testing
  • Low-cost PI control

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