Monitoring of the fluid distribution in soft porous materials in real-time using Neutron Radiography
|Coordinator||RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - Agriffod and Bioscience|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||November 2018 - November 2019|
|Venture||Research infrastructure - utilisation and collaboration|
|Call||Research infrastructure - utilisation and collaboration: Industrial pilot projects for neutron and photon experiments at large scale research infrastructures|
Purpose and goal
Aim of the project is to be able to visualize the mechanism of fluid transport in real-time through different wound dressing materials using relevant flow rate that simulates exuding wounds. Fluid handling is an important attribute for the wound dressing performance and for optimal wound healing.
Expected results and effects
A successful realization of this pilot project will provide a valuable tool to improve fluid handling properties in the development of future wound dressings. To Mölnlycke Health Care this will lead to reduced lead times and improved performance when developing new products. For the health care sector, the benefits are fewer dressing changes, which may also improve the healing rates, as well as reduce the impact on the environment.
Planned approach and implementation
The project is conducted in collaboration between RISE, Lund University and Mölnlycke Health Care. We will utilize Neutron Radiography (NR), which is a suitable and sensitive technique to study movement of fluid. The experiments are planned to be performed at D50 beamline at Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. The fluid distribution in the dressing materials will be studied in ‘real-time’ using a syringe pump to simulate dressing use on exuding wounds.