A portable pneumatic driving unit for a left ventricular assist device

N. Kabei, E. Shimemura, Y. Sakurai, K. Tsuchiya

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The authors developed a portable air driving unit for an artificial heart. As the portable energy source of the driver, a commercially available Ni-Cd battery was used. A linear compressor was selected as a portable size compressor. To reduce the number of parts to be assembled, a new type of pneumatic system was employed. In this system, the pressure level was regulated by varying the output flow rate of the compressor instead of using a pressure regulator and large air reservoirs. A one-board microcomputer and pressure sensors were used to control the pressure level. The total weight of the unit is 9.5 Kg. After assembling the components into the portable unit, a blood pump was connected to examine the output characteristics of the system. It was confirmed that the unit could drive the blood pump continuously for more than 2 hours under the following conditions: output flow rate of the blood pump = 5 L/min and output pressure = 100 mmHg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-190
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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