The design team has developed a relatively lightweight mechanical device capable of transporting human cell cultures for multiple hours in a secure, stable environment. The incubator has the capability to constantly monitor and maintain the temperature of the cell culture environment. The system will regulate the proper gas mixture of the environment by adding a calculated amount of air or carbon dioxide, depending on whether the carbon dioxide reading is too high or low. In addition, the humidity of the chamber is kept at around 95 percent, and although this parameter will not be controlled, the user has the capability to monitor the percentage. When completed, the incubator will be able to transport one 24-well multi-well dish. Thus far, the project is in its final design stages and is at a point where the assembly phase will begin shortly. The report will discuss the specifications and beginning stages of the transportable incubator project. Such topics as existing products and patents will be discussed as well as the major challenges which were considered for the design. The final design of the incubator will be discussed in detail, assessing why certain choices were made during the planning stage.
lightweight mechanical device, cell culture transportation
Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Lindemann, Corey T.; McGuire, Travis; Sarhadiangardabad, Ara; Siam, Ali; and Tsionis, Elias, "Transportable Incubator for Cell Culture" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 105. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10011778
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