Undergraduate student researches into coronary stent fracture

Alice Clough

Alice Clough, an undergraduate Mechanical and Medical Engineering student, has completed an eight week research placement jointly funded by The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Nuffield Foundation.

Working under the supervision of Dr Catherine Dobson in the School of Engineering’s Medical and Biological Engineering (MBE) research group, the project contributed to a growing research area within MBE examining the mechanisms and effects of coronary stent fracture, which is a major issue in coronary medicine.

Alice’s work has resulted in an innovative rig that can test up to 24 stents simultaneously. The rig will be used to conduct testing on numerous stent designs deployed in silicon tubing at different angles to investigate the mechanism of fracture. Two PhD students funded by the Hull and East Riding Cardiac Trust will conduct the testing.

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