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Design of a Cylindrical Photobioreactor with Central Orifice for the Production of Microalgae - new

N. N. V. Ramirez[1], L. M. Raymundo[1], J. O. Trierweiler[1]
[1]Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

It is desired to design a photobioreactor for the production of voluminous samples of microalgae for lipid quantification. The reactor should provide good growing conditions even with periodic withdrawal of samples. It also should be compact for better use of laboratory space. Therefore, a photobioreactor with concentric tubes was modeled to verify the circulation of the culture medium. The ...

Magnetic Fields and Materials for Medical Bone Reconstruction Assisted by Advanced Finite-Element Simulations

A. Sytcheva[1] and T. Herrmannsdörfer[1]
[1]Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany

We address the use of magnetic fields, forces, and materials for medical purposes. In particular, the treatment of osteochondral lesions is aimed for. To support ongoing activities in this field of research, last advances in using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for the simulation of relevant processes, like magnetic targeting and magnetic fixation are reported. The availability of advanced ...

Influence of pH and Carbonate Buffering on the Performance of a Lactate Microbial Fuel Cell

A.Torrents, N. Godino, F.J. del Campo, F.X. Muñoz, and J. Mas
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Microbia Fuel Cells (MFC’s) are complex environments where electrochemical, physical and biological aspects must be considered together. In this work we present a 1D model partially describing a Shewanella oneidensis MFC that degrade sodium lactate [lactate -> Acetate + CO2 + 2H+ + 2e-]. The model, simulated using COMSOL, focuses on pH implications of the MFC operation. Release of protons during ...

Design and Optimization of Cholesterol Biosensor

N. M. Sundaram[1], M. Alagappan[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Cholesterol is an essential lipid for human body. The desired total plasma cholesterol for an individual is less than 5.2 mM (200 mg/dL) and it poses a potential health threat when the level is greater than 6.2 mM (240 mg/dL) [1]. Excessive plasma cholesterol causes poor cardiovascular conditions. The experimental fabrication of nano structured biosensor with advanced materials is more expensive ...

Simulation of Transport of Lipophilic Compounds in Complex Cell Geometry

Q.A. Chaudhry[1], M. Hanke[1], and R. Morgenstern[2]
[1]School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

The mathematical modeling of the diffusion and reaction of toxic compounds in mammalian cells is tough task due to their very complex geometry. The heterogeneity of the cell, particularly the cytoplasm, and the variation of the cellular architecture, greatly affects the behavior of these toxic compounds. Homogenization techniques have been implemented for the numerical treatment of the model. ...

Validation of Measurement Strategies and Anisotropic Models Used in Electrical Reconstructions

R. Sadleir
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

We are developing approximations of electrically anisotropic materials for use in novel imaging methods. Our modeling work in COMSOL comprises comparisons of anisotropic and layered models in terms of electrical conductivities measured using different strategies. We tested solution stability in one anisotropic case by varying mesh anisotropy. In our case, good approximations to the true ...

Particle Tracing: Analysis of Airborne Infection Risks in Operating Theatres

P. Apell[1], S. Hjalmarsson[1], T. Lindberg[1], I. Wernström[1], Y. Tarakonov[1], A. Erichsen Andersson[2], M. Karlsteen[1]
[1]Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
[2]Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Surgery and Intensive Care, Göteborg, Sweden

Patients undergoing surgery are sensitive to infections. The operation staff may spread 10^4 particles per person per minute, of which ten percent are presumed bacteria-carrying. We visualize the influence of the personnel on the air and particle flows for the two most common ventilation systems in Swedish hospitals using Comsol Multiphysics with particle tracing.. The Laminar Air flow ...

Electrical Response and Thermal Damage Assessment of Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Tissues to Noninvasive Radiofrequency Heating: A Computational Modeling Study

A. González-Suárez[1,2], J. N. Jimenez-Lozano[3], W. Franco[1]
[1]Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
[2]Biomedical Synergy, Electronic Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
[3]ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, USA

Electromagnetic radiofrequency (RF) sources are widely used to heat up cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues. The subcutaneous morphology of tissue consists of a fine, collagenous and fibrous septa network enveloping clusters of adipocyte cells; however, it is commonly regarded as a homogeneous fat layer in computational models. In the present study the objective is to assess the effect of the ...

Analysis of Heat Transfer in a Complex Three Dimensional Structure Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing - new

C. Settle[1], K. Hoshino[1]
[1]Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

The goal of this study was to create a three dimensionally designed biomedical device with multiple functionalities and analyze its simulated heat transfer. The device would be fabricated through additive manufacturing; specifically electron beam melting (EBM). EBM has a feature size constraint of 1 mm (acceptable for this design) and is only capable of manufacturing titanium alloys [2]; a ...

Modeling of the Impact of Blood Vessels Flow on the Temperature Distribution During Focused Ultrasound Exposure

K.C.P. Li, B.E. O'Neill, and E. Sassaroli
Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA

Focused ultrasound systems guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and thermometry have recently made possible the non-invasive thermal ablation of benign tumors such as uterine fibroids in clinical practice. Much more work is however required in order to make this technology available for the treatment of other forms of cancer. One of the major difficulties is associated with the presence of ...