Applied Medical Engineering • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz-Rode
The Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering (established 1971) as an Institute of the RWTH Aachen University acts as a bridge between Natural Sciences and Engineering Faculties and the medical fields. To strengthen the interdisciplinary competence the institute underwent a reorganisation and is now an alliance of 7 chairs from the faculties of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Medicine.
Here the Chair of Applied Medical Engineering (AME) is involved in medical and in clinical oriented problems, which demand interdisciplinary work and project supervision right up to clinical validation.
The areas of expertise are:
- development, modelling and analysis of extra- and intracorporeal blood pumps, oxygenators and heart-lung-machines, total artificial heart and heart valves
- CFD studies of flow phenomena in medical devices
- simulation of hemolysis and thrombogenicity
- FEM simulation of stent expansion
- magnetic field simulation
- experimental flow analysis with PIV and NMR
- tissue engineering and bioreactor technologies
- modelling and simulation of biomechanics in human movements and electromagnetic field distribution in human bodies
- analysis of modelling of neuromuscular control strategies
The chair is involved in the following DFG funded projects (which include or are related to simulation and modeling tasks):
- STE 1680/1-1 "Blood flow in a Couette System with Xenon-NMR"
- SCHM 1307/6-1 "Microtactile sensor concept for autonomous navigation"
- SCHM 1307/8-1 "Adaptive extracorporeal lung assist"
- SCHM 1307/7-1 "Physiological control for heart assist"
- SCHM 1307/5-1 "Thrombogenic flow structures in heart valve prosthesis"
- TRSFB 37, TP A2, "Laserbased transfection of haemotopoetic stem cells"
- TRSFB 37, TP C1 "Biodegradable matrices for bioartificial prostheses"
- DI 596/5-1 "Measurement and analysis system for early diagnosis of spasticity in newborn"