Mechanism for Stabilization of a Catheter Tip Inside the Heart (Closed)

Precise positioning and stabilization of a catheter tip inside the heart are the main challenges in designing a catheter for cardiac interventions. Not only do complex 3D shapes in the heart and the absence of vessel wall support play a role, respiration and heartbeat result in a constant movement of the heart as well. Therefore, stabilizing a hollow instrument such as a catheter in the heart, requires a specifically designed mechanism. Nature has shown many examples of animals that are able to stabilize themselves at complex locations. This master project will challenge you to search for this inspiration in nature and to design an actual mechanism that can be used to stabilize a current catheter design inside the heart without damaging the physiological environment.

Contact: Awaz Ali, a.ali@tudelft.nl