Instrumentation & Design Course Content
This module covers fundamental principles of the design and instrumentation processes typically required to develop medical devices. Based around a clinical scenario of enteral feeding, where liquid nutrients are pumped into a patients’ stomach or intestine via a tube, participants construct a peristaltic pump similar to those currently used. This includes mechanical, electronic and software elements to yield a computer controlled pump.
Each day consists of short seminars followed practical sessions covering the following topics.
Design and Manufacturing
Awareness of design and development process from concept to completion, cost, time and regulatory constraints, and the effect of materials and fabrication methods on design options.
- Defining design briefs (customer and user requirements).
- Mechanical design fundamentals.
- Industrial design concepts.
- Material types, selection and uses.
- Standard components.
- Regulations and Standards.
- Computer aided drawing (CAD) to computer aided machining (CAM) processes.
- Fabrication methods.
- Test and Measurement.
- Design reviews.
- Health and Safety
Understand the tools and processes to develop and manufacture electronic systems
- Basic electronics and components.
- Circuit design and fabrication processes.
- Component selection and suppliers.
- Soldering skills, component handling.
- Test equipment use.
Data Acquisition & Control
Understand hardware and systems to acquire physical measurements and control processes
- Sensors and Actuators.
- Equipment to acquire and control physical parameters.
- Analogue to Digital, Digital to Analogue concepts.
- Signal Filtering.
- Feedback control and tuning.
- Software, acquisition and control with LabVIEW.
- Embedded software.
Overview of optical systems
- Fundamental optical principles.
- Image acquisition (ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed).