An instrument is presented which produces a simulated circulatory pulsatile pressure wave for small sized vessels. The linear hydraulic pressure-pulse actuator (LHPA) is designed to be extremely versatile, that is, a blood pressure wave source of any shape, amplitude, offset and frequency can be simulated. In addition, the LHPA can reproduce accurately a real pulse pressure wave by simply inputting an actual data record of a circulatory pressure pulse. The design is accomplished by incorporating the use of a linear force solenoid driven with a voltage-to-current source power amplifier. Testing of the device is presented here, as well as pressure pulse results from a recorded pulsatile pressure input to the LHPA. The device is simple to implement in that its response is linear, for volume changes upto ±5 mL, without the need for feedback compensation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering