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Project ideas for HNC
#57602 10/08/11 9:53 AM
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I will need to do a project at the end of my HNC in EEE. I am currently a senior biomed engineer and i need to base my project on something work related. Any suggestions would be welcome!

Toying with the RFID aspect of it, possible something to do with an infusion device. Luck has it, that when you have to think of a project - your mind goes blankkkk!! haha

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BIFF_1980 #57920 28/08/11 10:49 AM
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As you probably already know, there are many "project" oriented forum websites out there ... this one, for example.

Is it something practical that is required, or is it a "write-up" (so many thousand words on this or that)?

If you're really stuck, there is always the GLIB!

If it's a thesis that they are after, then there's always a whole list of "usual suspects" (in the context of medical applications):-

1) Batteries
2) ECG techniques
3) Electrodes (ECG, etc.)
4) Infusion pump techniques
5) Lab analyzers
6) Lamps (eg, including "special" ones)
7) Motors (eg, "steppers" in pumps, big 'uns in x-ray systems)
8) NIBP techniques
9) Physiological signals (ECG, EEG, EMG ... and all the rest)
10) "Probes" of all kinds
11) SpO2 techniques
12) Ultrasound techniques
13) X-ray techniques

... in fact the list is endless!

How big is your project supposed to be, and what are its boundaries, I wonder?

Many, many years ago I did mine on "DC Machines" the first year, and "AC Machines" the second (if I remember rightly). Generators and motors, basically. And I recall a practical project about controlling a DC motor via BASIC code (we felt very chuffed about that at the time)!

If it's something "medical" that you're after, I would suggest a thesis about the effects of DC on the body (skin, cells, muscles) ... if only because this is something that has evoked* my own interest recently! smile

* Could that be a pun?


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BIFF_1980 #62342 19/10/12 11:40 AM
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Here's an example of a good one. smile

There's plenty of nice (and well presented) information there.

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BIFF_1980 #62346 19/10/12 3:13 PM
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I made a multiple spark CD ignition system for my HND back in 1984. Loosely (very) based upon a project in a magazine to give me a starting point..

I wound my own transformer, with antiphase feedback driving the base of a push-pull inverter to create some BIG kilovolts to charge the discharge capacitors, which were fired off three thyristors. The firing was triggered off a decade counter chip and it had some discrete components too to supply dc to the digital triggering section. The output fed into a car coil and single spark plug.

Running it all from a car battery, and using a square wave generator to simulate the points switching, it showed up on the analyser in the car lab at college, to have three big CD pulses at the sparkplug in the time it took normally for one to happen.

Due to the reactance of the system it wouldnt run faster that 3000rpm (simluated).

I innovated, designed, built and docummented the whole caboodle in two years. Got a lot of grief from a couple of lecturers as it didn't involve an interface for a ZX81/Spectrum/Pet PC. But the old heads in the dept thought is was ace. Wasn't perfect, but it worked!

Still got it here.. Its a bit tatty, but I can't bear to dump it. Still got the draft of the documentation too. Even made my own pcb's for it!

Was always doing car crap in my spare time.. Using a DMS600 discharge relay and a bank of nicds, I made a neat wee ignition booster that put more current into the coil of my old Escort that was depleted by the use of the starter motor. It totally discharged upon firing, but charged again for use the next time. Seemed to work as it always started easily.

Could I repeat such nonsense these days? Doubt it.. Don't even ask me what I did with a colour tv flyback t/f, ten voltage multpliers from Diascopes and two nails in bit of board!! Apparently creating your own O3 ozone is bad for the sinuses!! ..hahaha!!


5.7L V8 Corvette.. Doing my bit to keep our summers warmer!
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exitwound #62348 19/10/12 3:42 PM
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Nice one, Steve (...but where have you been, Mate?) smile

I used to be into vehicle systems myself back in my early days. Magnetos on tractors and motor-bikes, then relatively fancy stuff on Ferret scout cars (for example). Anyone else remember the carbon pile regulator? think

I've always had an interest in engines, too. Motor-bike engines, especially (works of art) - but also Generator* Sets. Gardner, Meadows ... and now Caterpillar et al. Plus aircraft piston engines, naturally.

I expect that quite a few folk had a go with "electronic ignition" back in the seventies. I recall that I ended up reverting my attempts on my Saab back to the original set-up (it worked fine again after that)! LOL.

Anything more for us on that one, Mate:- pictures, diagrams ... whatever?

You're oh so right about "needing a starting point", by the way. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, and all that.

And I hear what you're saying regarding "could I repeat such nonsense these days?", too. When we were young, we tended to just jump straight in, crack on and have a go. Now (despite the odd "bright idea" coming to mind) there always seems to be more than a degree of hesitancy, coupled with a zillion reasons not to proceed. frown

* OK, here's another one from the scrapyard down Memory Lane:- anyone else remember the famous "Silent Generator" (a horizontally-opposed twin coupled to a 10 kVA set used with army field radar, and made by none other than Royal Enfield)?

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Geoff Hannis #62350 19/10/12 4:18 PM
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Ta-daa!!

Still around, work, my house and the Corvette tend to keep me occupied these days. Still play with airguns and throw knives when I get the chance too.. No change there!

You ex-military types should go where I go in the summer and enjoy/acquire stuff your familiar with..

http://thewarandpeaceshow.com/

As you can see, the CD system is a bit battered and a few bits missing, like the power trannys and one of the thyristors and the coil, etc, etc.. Might look out the cct diags if I get a minute..



not high tech, but it contained everything I learned on my course..


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Originally Posted By: exitwound

... but it contained everything I learned on my course.


Which is the main point, surely? think

Nice link, by the way. But how come Tony Dowman* is on there (shown wearing helmet with goggles, at the right-hand panel)? whistle

* At one time, Tony was a BAe Rapier man, you know.

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Hopefully Biff has graduated by now (!) ... but here's an interesting one that I've just stumbled across.

It probably now needs to be taken further (interface with the latest mobile technology, etc.). Any Fertile Young Minds out there? think

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Geoff Hannis #73904 31/12/18 2:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Geoff Hannis

As you probably already know, there are many "project" oriented forum websites out there ...


Here is another! smile


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