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Mock Circulation Loop (MCL): The CREATElab houses one of the most advanced physical cardiovascular simulators in the world. The Mock Circulation Loop can replicate a plethora of different cardiovascular states including various degrees of heart failure in both the left and right ventricles. The Mock Circulation Loop has been used extensively for validating cardio-respiratory support devices by replicating heart failure scenarios (which can be determined from patient data taken directly from the clinic) and investigating how different cardio-respiratory devices can improve patient outcomes.
Clinical Expertise: The CREATElab is situated at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, a member of the Alfred Research Alliance - which aims to bring clinicians and researchers together to improve research outcomes for patients and educate the next generation of medical professionals from all backgrounds. The CREATElab’s main lab is situated right next to the Intensive Care Unit offices and ,as a result, has an active collaboration with both senior and junior clinicians from many different fields including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, intensive care, and nursing. All of the projects in the CREATElab are based on a clinical need identified from clinical collaborators, which ensures patient-oriented-research instead of science for the sake of science
3D Printing: The CREATElab has an Objet30 Prime resin 3D printer along with a traditional fused deposition modelling printer. This provides the capability to produce rapid prototypes and proof of concept from initial ideas to highly detailed and complex designs.
Rotational Moulding: Moulding complex objects that are not easily made with injection moulding has the potential to be made on a rotational moulder. CREATElab has an in-house rotational moulder that can be utilised to create silicone shells, such as transparent left ventricles for particle image velocimetry experiments.
Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV): An experimental method to analyse fluid flow. The CREATElab has a particle image velocimetry (PIV) system where experimental flow visualisations can be performed. Utilising a laser sheet with fluid seeded with particles, the PIV system captures two successive images within a short interval. Statistical calculation on the particle motion provides information about the flow velocity magnitude and direction. The data generated from PIV can be utilised to validate computational fluid dynamics simulations.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD): Is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical analysis and data structures to analyze and solve problems that involve fluid flows. At CREATElab we have gathered CFD specialists to simulate blood flow behavior in different human organs and vessels.