Laboratory for Biomechanics
The Laboratory for Biomechanics is located at Gemini-South 4.07.
The Laboratory for Biomechanics is equipped for the characterization of fluid flow patterns in models of the cardiovascular system, for the characterization of mechanical properties of hard and soft tissues and for making high-resolution 3D computer reconstructions of the microarchitecture of hard tissues (e.g. bone, biomaterials) with micro-CT. Models of the cardiovascular system are used for the validation of computer models, for testing tissue engineered constructs under physiological conditions and for the development of improved techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
The measurement of mechanical properties of biological tissues is essential for describing the constitutive behaviour of these tissues in computer models and for measurements of the strength of load carrying tissues under static and dynamic loading conditions. Combining these measurements with 3D computer reconstruction also enables the quantification of relationships between structural and mechanical properties of tissues.
The laboratory hosts advanced experimental circulation models, as well as equipment for dynamic and static flow and pressure measurement. Furthermore, flow velocity profiles can be visualised, using state of the art visualisation techniques. For the characterisation of mechanical properties of hard and soft tissues two mechanical test machines are available in combination with an optical strain measurement system. For functional imaging ultrasound scanners and a microCT scanner are available.
List of equipment
|Transonic flow sensors||2013|
|Passive beating heart Mock loop||2013|
|Computerupgrade for microCT 80 (HP rx2800 8 core 64GB ram 2TB disk)||2011|
|Zwick/Roell LaserXtens/VideoXtens optical strain measurement system||2011|
|Mylab 70 ultrasound scanner||2010|
|Zwick Z010 testing machine||2009|
|Bioreactor for coronary arteries (4-channel)||2008|
|Isolated muscle-contraction tester (2x)||2008|
|M5 High speed video camera||2008|
|Physiological model-controlled circulation simulator||2007|
|Flow cabinet and valves||2007|
|Dynamic single channel circulation model (3x)||2006|
|Picus ultrasound system (Esaote Europe) (2x)||2005|
|Transonic flow sensors||2005|
|Transonic flow measurement equipment||2002|
|Model of the coronary circulation||2002|
|Scanco micro-ct scanner||2000|
|MTS mini Bionix dynamic tensile/torsion testing machine||1999|
|Radi pressure measurement equipment||1999|
|Bridge amplifiers, oscilloscopes etc.||1985+|