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Mechanical Engineering Research

The Bioengineering research groups and laboratories investigate a wide variety of research topics for applications in the field of Cardiovascular Engineering, Voice Production, Bone fracture and osteoporosis, Mechanics of Biological Materials and Biomimetics. Current research projects include design of new vascular stents and catheters, structural and multiobjective optimization of stent-like cages for rotating catheter protection, characterization of biological tissue, models of voice production, design construction and evaluation of implants for vocal fold alteration and reconstruction, numerical simulations of laryngeal flows (CFD), damage accumulation patterns in healthy and diseased bone, fracture of tooth enamel and dentin, and the development of novel “bio-inspired” composites.

Facilities include the Cardiovascular Engineering Labs (McGill and Montreal Heart Institute) housing a PIV system from TSI, a Rheometer from Bohlin, a Pulsatile pump from Harvard Apparatus, a Bio-pump from Medtronic, Roller pumps from Masterflex, ELF3200 Mechanical tester for soft tissues from Enduratec, High precision pressure gages, EMF flow meters and various modeling software (Fidap, Matlab, Labview, Ansys, Pro-E, ICEM, Femlab). The voice production related facilities include a Dantec time-resolved PIV system, a Dantec hot-wire anemometry system, one Dantec LDA, one Varian gas chromatograph, one Agilent Vxi data acquisition system, one Polytec LDV system with both standard and fiber optic heads, one B&K sound level meter, a number of microphones, accelerometers, pressure and flow transducers, and several computers as well as software (Abaqus, Fluent, Comsol, Power Flow, Solid Works). The mechanical properties of small bone or teeth sample is measured with miniature loading stages, where small-scale deformation and fracture mechanisms can be monitored with optical or atomic force microscopy. The group has also access to CLUMEQ supercomputing facilities to model and predict the deformation and fracture processes in biological tissues.

Research funding is primarily contributed by the federal as well as the provincial governments through the following agencies CIHR, NSERC, CFI, FRSQ, FQRNT, and industries such as Medtronic, Baylis Medical, Coroneo Medical, Opsens Inc. Funding from NIH NIDCD grant R01 DC005788 is also gratefully acknowledged.

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Research Facilities

  • PIV systems
  • Rheometer
  • Pulsatile and bio, and roller pumps
  • ELF3200 Mechanical tester for soft tissues
  • High precision pressure gages
  • EMF flow meters
  • Hot-wire anemometry
  • Gas chromatograph
  • Sound level meter and microphones
  • Accelerometers, pressure and flow transducers
  • Miniature loading stages
  • Optical and Atomic force microscopes
  • Specimen preparation (polishing wheels, diamond saw)
  • Modeling software (Fidap, Matlab, Labview, Ansys, Pro-E, ICEM, Femlab, Abaqus, Fluent, Comsol, Power Flow, Solid Works)