Project Title: Development of next-generation bioabsorbable polymer stent with increased strength and stiffness properties, employing polymer textile macrostructures and optimised stent design techniques
Project Description: This project entails the development of textile macrostructures (braiding, weaving) with tailored structure and composition to produce directional materials that optimise the strength and stiffness in specific directions. The mechanical, physical, degradation, and biocompatibility performance of the newly developed materials will be characterised to identify promising technologies. Finite element models of the deployment of braided/textile stents will be developed to characterise biomechanical performance during implantation and target optimisation of stent design. This project will result in the manufacture of a prototype bioabsorbable braided/textile stent using the textile materials developed.
Host Academic: Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, Germany
Host Industry: Boston Scientific Limited (BSL), Galway, Ireland
Lead Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Gries (RWTH), Dr. Aiden Flanagan (BSL).
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