In this paper we present a miniature electrolytic pump sensorized with a novel strain sensor to be used as active component of a drug delivery system. It consists of an electrolytic solution reservoir where inert electrodes are immersed. By polarizing the electrodes, the electrolytic reaction is activated and the produced gases (i.e. oxygen and hydrogen) displace an elastic membrane delimiting the electrolytic solution reservoir. In order to measure and monitor the membrane displacement, and therefore the volume of drug ejected, a strain gauge sensor has been prepared using a conductive thermoplastic nanocomposite elastomer (CTPE). The sensor has been fixed on the deformable membrane. The conductive thermoplastic elastomer is a good candidate for this application because of its high sensitivity. Furthermore, the CTPE allows to customize the resistance of the device in order to obtain low power consumption.
25 Aug 2015
2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)