Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Each laboratory within the Vascular Bioengineering Laboratory (VBL) is equipped with the general equipment, hardware and software that would be found in other similar laboratories. Below are some more specialized pieces of equipment that are available in each facility.

Vascular Cell Culture Laboratory (VCCL)
• FlexCell strain unit FX-4000 (x1, Flexcell International) to provide cyclic mechanical stretch to 2D and 3D culture.
• FlexCell streamer shear stress device (x1, Flexcell International)
• Custom-built cyclic pressure device (x1)

Vascular Biomechanics and Biology Laboratory (VBBL)
• Centrifugal pumps (x4, 520-D, Biomedicus, Medtronic)
• Pressure monitors, multi-input (x1, VSM5, PhysioControl)
• Pressure monitors, multi-input (x1, 90303B, SpaceLabs)
• Pressure monitors, multi-input (x1, 90651, SpaceLabs)
• Ultrasonic flowmeters, with in-line flow probes (x2, T109R and T110, Transonic Systems)
• Micrometers, He-Ne laser, with amplifiers and displays (x4, 162-100 and 50-03, Beta-LaserMike)
• Load cells (25lbs, 2lbs, 500gms, 50gms; Transducer Technique Inc.
• Tensile testing device, with Bio-Plus bath and pneumatic grips (x1, Instron model 5543A)
• Custom tensile testing system (x1) – Raghavan et al
• Custom devices to deliver cyclic longitudinal stretch, torsion and/or flexure to intact perfused tubular segments (e.g., to simulate the coronary arterial mechanical environment) – Vorp, Vorp, Van Epps
• BioTek Synergy HT Multi Mode Microplate Reader

Computational Vascular Biomechanics Laboratory (CVBL)
• Tempest 4100 workstation (x1, Penguin)
• Abaqus and CAE, v6.11.2 (25 tokens, Simulia)
• Precision 690 workstations with Intel Xeon processors (x2, Dell)
• IDL, v5.6 and 7.0 (x3)
• Rhinoceros, v4.0 (x3, Mc Neel &Associates)
• Mathematica, v5 and 6 (x3, Wolfram Research Inc.)
• Tecplot 360 (x3, Tecplot Inc.)
• TrueGrid (x3)
• Solidworks 2008 (v3)
• MatLab, v6.1 (x3, MathWorks)
• ANSYS 12.1 (CFD, Mechanical & FSI)
• Gambit, v1.2 (0 tokens currently, Fluent Inc.)
• ProEngineer (Wildfire 5.0)

Miscellaneous Hardware
Form 2 SLA 3D Printer

Vascular Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory (VMIL)