Simulating Body Temperature When Testing Biomedical Devices and Materials
With an ever-growing population, recent scientific developments, and longer life expectancies, there has been a huge demand for new and improved biomedical devices and materials in the recent past. Of course, it’s important that researchers, designers and manufacturers deliver high quality products combined with life-long performance. Biomedical testing allows for these materials and devices to be tested in vitro; so, patients are not put at risk. However, if you’ve done any biomedical testing in the past, you know that there can be many challenges along the way. In order to test the material or finished product, it’s best to simulate the environment in which it will be used, and more often than not, this environment is the human body itself! So what’s the best way to approach this?
Consider testing the materials in a temperature-regulated bath of saline, water, or whatever fluid would best simulate the environment in which the material or product is used. But what if you do not need the liquid? What if the material elongates beyond a bath? Since most of us don’t keep our testing labs at body temperature, a heated enclosure or “box”, may be the right solution for your testing. This allows for full crosshead travel of tensile machines, as well as a warm environment where the materials really feel at home!
If you would like to know more about baths or heated frame enclosures, contact Instron or your local sales engineer.
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