Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Increasing the Value of CFD Data through Advanced Post-Processing Technique and Blood Damage Models Optimisation

Swansea University - Medical & Mechanical Engineering

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys. *

MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of Medical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a focus on computational modelling.

Subject study:

INCREASING THE VALUE OF CFD DATA THROUGH ADVANCED POST-PROCESSING TECHNIQUE AND BLOOD DAMAGE MODELS OPTIMISATION FOR ITERATIVE DESIGN IMPROVEMENT OF THE CALON CARDIO MINIVAD IMPLANTABLE HEART PUMP.

Brief Summary of project:

Calon Cardio manufactures the next generation implantable blood pump and associated control systems. It aims to make novel, smaller and lower cost heart assist pumps that minimises potential blood damage. 

Calon Cardio has already developed different numerical models via an ASTUTE project. The company needs to develop cutting edge post-processing techniques to better predict the hydraulic performance of its pump over varying operating speeds and pressure-flow characteristics. The work involves also optimising the current numerical blood damage models post-processing techniques to achieve better estimates of pumps' potential blood damage, in terms of red blood cells damage, platelet activation, white blood cells damage and von Willebrand Factor degradation. Further to this, part of the work will be focused on the optimisation of the existing numerical models for haemolysis estimate.

The company wants to improve the current post processing techniques and to optimise the existing numerical models to better predict the pump performance in order to gain further understanding around the blade and rotor geometry design, as well as volute, diffuser, outlet pipe and the secondary flow.

The MSc by Research student will build on this work to optimise current Calon Cardio numerical models and develop innovative post-processing techniques to better predict pump performance and blood damage caused by the pump. In vitro measurements will support the verification and validation of the optimised numerical models and the developed post-processing techniques for the project scope.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Medical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or a related subject.

Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php

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