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From CT Scan to Plantar Pressure Map Distribution of a 3D Anatomic Human Foot

S. Gerbino, and P. Franciosa
University of Molise, School of Engineering, Via Duca degli Abruzzi, Termoli, Italy

Understanding the stress-strain behavior of human foot tissues and pressure map distributions at the plantar interface is of interest into biomechanical investigations. In particular, monitoring plantar pressure maps is crucial to establishing the perceived human comfort of shoe insoles. A 3D anatomical detailed FE human foot model was created, starting from CT (Computer Tomography) scans of a ...

Modeling Deep-Bed Grain Drying Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

J.G. Pieters[1], R. ElGamal[1], F. Ronsse[1]
[1]Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Ghent, Belgium

CFD simulations were carried out to predict the convective heat and mass transfer coefficients in the rice bed, and correlations were developed for the convective heat and mass transfer coefficients as a function of drying air flow rate. The developed correlations were used to extend the model developed by ElGamal et al. (2013) for thin-layer rice drying to volumetric heat and mass transfer in a ...

Simulation and Experimental Characterizations of a Thin Touch Mode Capacitive Pressure Sensor

A.-M. El Guamra [1], D. Bühlmann [1], F. Moreillon [1], L. Vansteenkiste [1], P. Büchler [2], A. Stahel [3], P. Passeraub [1],
[1] HES-SO University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Delémont, Switzerland
[2] Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
[3] Bern University of Applied Sciences Engineering and Information Technology, Bern, Switzerland

Introduction: This study describes a thin and low-cost capacitive pressure sensor in touch mode (TM) for monitoring fluid pressure from 0 to 40kPa in fluidic chambers with Luer fittings for medical applications. TM provides good linearity, large measuring range and large overload protection [1]. The choice of a thin polymer membrane as sensitive element with printed circular electrodes reduces ...

Heat Transfer and Phase Transformation on Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) of Biocompatible Thin Layers

E. Lacatus[1], G.C. Alecu[1], M.A. Sopronyi[2], A. Tudor[1]
[1]POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
[2]INFLPR -National Institute for Laser Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania

Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique is used for the deposition of high quality biocompatible polymer thin films. During the deposition process the temperature of the laser target should be kept below 193K to assure the proper quality of both evaporation and deposition phases of the process. On a first approach COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to describe and analyze the ...

Skin Variations Impact on Non-Invasive Measurement of Blood Glucose with Interdigital Electrodes

J. Persad [1], S. Rocke [1],
[1] Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

This work aims to investigate the behaviour of a simple interdigital sensor structure for glucose monitoring in response to distortions in the skin-topology and differences in skin undulation during use. The study then extends to consider a flexible sensor structure which is better able to contour to the skin variations. The simulation work shows that skin distortions and undulation ...

Surface Charge Modulated Ionic Conductance of Closed Solid State Nanopore Biosensors

H. Ghosh [1], C. Roychaudhuri [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal, India

This paper explores surface charge modulated ionic conductance of closed solid-state nanopores for explaining significant nonlinear length dependent variation in ionic current in such nanopore biosensors with a view to design improved sensors without increasing fabrication cost for biomolecule detection. Although extensive work has been done in modeling open pore conductance, closed nanopores ...

CMUT Based Free Membrane Intra-Cardiac Volumetric Blood Flow-Meter

P. Priya [1], B. D. Pant [2],
[1] Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Pilani, Rajasthan, India
[2] CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

In this paper, a free membrane is used as a receiver to increase the capacitance and therefore the resolution of the flow meter. For the current application, from the wavelength of sound wave in soft tissue (c= 1540 m/s) the resolution was calculated to be 0.48 mm. This gives the first Eigen frequency of the capacitive structure according to which the poly silicon membrane was designed. After ...

PDT Study Using a Model Incorporating Initial Oxygen Concentration and Blood Flow Increase

R. Penjweini[1], T. C. Zhu[1],
[1] Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Introduction: Type II photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an experimental modality for cancer treatment based on the combined action of a photosensitizing drug (photosensitizer), a special wavelength of light and singlet oxygen (1O2) generation; the cell killing is caused by the reaction of cellular acceptors with 1O2. A mathematical model has been previously developed to incorporate the macroscopic ...

Orientation of Piezoelectric Crystals and Acoustic Wave Propagation

G. Zhang[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are commonly used as wireless filters, resonators, and sensors. The confinement of acoustic energy near the surface of a piezoelectric substrate in a SAW sensor makes it highly sensitive for discerning surface perturbation. As sensors, SAW devices have the potential to provide a high-performance sensing platform with capabilities of remote and high-temperature ...

Ultrasensitive Mass Sensing Through Coupled Microelectromechanical Resonator Arrays

A. R. Hambarde [1], R. M. Patrikar [1],
[1] Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Microelectromechanical coupled resonating arrays are being used for detecting biological and chemical analytes through mass sensing. Such arrays of perfectly identical resonators can be considered as periodic, ordered, non-localized systems. The change in the eigen parameters of the system upon mass or stiffness perturbation is a measure of the amount of perturbation. An attempt has been made in ...