Simulating the Release Mechanism of
Coronary artery disease is a condition where arteries of the heart are blocked by plaque. In some cases, tiny, mesh-like scaffolds called drug-eluting stents are used to hold the artery open. A drug is slowly released from the stent coating over time to reduce tissue growth over the stent and maintain a patent vessel. In this talk, we will present the development of a drug transport model based on the observed microstructure of a stent coating. The use of the COMSOL Optimization Module will be highlighted to determine model input parameters which could not be measured experimentally.
Travis Schauer is a Principal R&D Engineer at Boston Scientific located in Maple Grove, MN. He has spent the past ten years developing computational models for a wide range of problems including coating processes, drug transport, biological fluid mechanics, and radiofrequency ablation of tissue. Previously, he worked five years at Goodrich Sensor Systems where he carried out wind tunnel testing and computational analysis of air data probes. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics along with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.