Event Title

Designing a Functional Electrospinning Machine

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Soren Maloney

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Date of Publication

2021

Abstract

Electrospinning is a technique for making nanofibers that involves charging and ejecting a polymer solution through a spinneret under a high-voltage electric field, then solidifying the solution to form a filament. The group plans to design and manufacture an electrospinning device controlled through LABVIEW software to electronically vary the flow rate of polymer, voltage from 0-20 kV, and distance between the needle and collector. The methodology includes concept selection process, detailed 3D CAD designing, design verification through hand calculations, manufacturing, testing and LABVIEW programming for electronic interaction between prototype and computer. With a budget of $1,500 given by the UT Tyler mechanical engineering department, the electrospinning device will be used by the university for education and research purposes. The group expects to have a functional machine that varies morphologies of nanofibers by applying a lifting mechanism that changes the orientation for nanofiber production from horizontal to vertical.

Keywords

Electrospinning, Machines, Nanofibers

Persistent Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/10950/3027

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Designing a Functional Electrospinning Machine

Electrospinning is a technique for making nanofibers that involves charging and ejecting a polymer solution through a spinneret under a high-voltage electric field, then solidifying the solution to form a filament. The group plans to design and manufacture an electrospinning device controlled through LABVIEW software to electronically vary the flow rate of polymer, voltage from 0-20 kV, and distance between the needle and collector. The methodology includes concept selection process, detailed 3D CAD designing, design verification through hand calculations, manufacturing, testing and LABVIEW programming for electronic interaction between prototype and computer. With a budget of $1,500 given by the UT Tyler mechanical engineering department, the electrospinning device will be used by the university for education and research purposes. The group expects to have a functional machine that varies morphologies of nanofibers by applying a lifting mechanism that changes the orientation for nanofiber production from horizontal to vertical.