Development of a novel artificial heart muscle using thearmoelectric actuators

Shigenao Maruyama*, Ryuta Ibuki, Seigo Sakai, Makoto Yamada, Masao Sato, Tomoyuki Yambe, Toshiyuki Takagi, Yun Luo, Masud Behnia

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A novel concept for a thermoelectric actuator comprised of shape memory alloy and Peltier elements is proposed. The shape memory alloy is heated or cooled simultaneously by Peltier elements allowing an efficient and quick movement to be achieved. The thermoelectric actuator has the potential to be implemented in an artificial heart muscle. The artificial heart muscles were designed and constructed and their performance was measured. It was capable of a reciprocating motion with a 1 Hz cycle, which is sufficient for the actual application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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