Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Professor Mahinda Vilathgamuwa
Position
Professor in Power Engineering
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Almost all heart assist devices used in the medical industry require power supply and signal wires piercing through the patient's skin. There's a risk that skin piercing can cause serious, fatal infections.

The aim of this project is to develop a wireless power transfer system that can transfer power to the heart assist device embedded in the patient's body. There are number of important issues that need to be addressed carefully, such as:

  • miniaturisation
  • robust control
  • efficient power converter circuits that can also interface an embedded battery pack.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you will model the wireless power transfer system along with necessary technical concepts that can address the important issues of wireless power transfer systems for heart assist devices. You'll also develop a laboratory prototype to validate the proposed technical concepts.

Outcomes

The aim of this project is to develop a wireless transfer system for heart assist devices which is efficient, robust, stable and economical. Commercialising and patenting certain aspects of the project can be seriously considered.

Skills and experience

You should have strong technical knowledge on fundamental electrical engineering, power electronics and control systems. Some experience prototyping hardware is certainly beneficial.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

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