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Optimization of a diaphragm for a micro-shock tube-based drug delivery method

Rathod, VT and Mahapatra, DR (2017) Optimization of a diaphragm for a micro-shock tube-based drug delivery method. In: Bioengineering, 4 (1).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering4010024


This paper presents the design optimization of diaphragms for a micro-shock tube-based drug delivery device. The function of the diaphragm is to impart the required velocity and direction to the loosely held drug particles on the diaphragm through van der Waals interaction. The finite element model-based studies involved diaphragms made up of copper, brass and aluminium. The study of the influence of material and geometric parameters serves as a vital tool in optimizing the magnitude and direction of velocity distribution on the diaphragm surface. Experiments carried out using a micro-shock tube validate the final deformed shape of the diaphragms determined from the finite element simulation. The diaphragm yields a maximum velocity of 335 m/s for which the maximum deviation of the velocity vector is 0.62°. Drug particles that travel to the destination target tissue are simulated using the estimated velocity distribution and angular deviation. Further, a theoretical model of penetration helps in the prediction of the drug particle penetration in the skin tissue like a target, which is found to be 0.126 mm. The design and calibration procedure of a micro-shock tube device to alter drug particle penetration considering the skin thickness and property are presented.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Bioengineering
Publisher: MDPI AG
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to MDPI AG.
Keywords: Diaphragm; Drug delivery; Needleless; Shock tube
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 11:45
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 11:45
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/74898

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