DC 5

PhD Position (m/f/d) In-vitro Performance Verification of Bioabsorbable Metallic EMD Prototypes

Project Description

This PhD-project will investigate the functional mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour of vascular prototype test specimens. Through laser-cutting, micron-scale axial test specimens will be fabricated and mechanically characterised through in-house micro test equipment developed by University of Galway. Several characteristic stent designs will be mechanically characterized through radial force testing to establish the performance envelope.

The objectives of this project are:

(i) To establish in vitro test protocols to enable mechanical and corrosion characterisation of Mg & Zn bioabsorbable alloys under physiological conditions

(ii) conduct micro-computed tomography characterisation of spatial and temporal features of corroding samples and conduct detailed analysis of pitting parameters according to ASTM-G94.

(iii) Design, manufacture and testing of micron-scale specimens of for braided and laser-cut vascular stent structures (with DC3) to characterise corrosion performance on structures (e.g. miniature dog-bone and u-bend structures).

This project would suit a candidate with an academic qualification in Mechanical, Biomedical or Materials Engineering (or related disciplines), and previous experience in processing and/or experimental characterisation of materials desirable..

Recruiting partner

University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

PhD enrollment

University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

Secondment host

Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors

Prof. Peter McHugh (Galway)
Simon Poestges (Meotec)

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