Proposal of thermoelectric actuator and development of active catheter

Shigenao Maruyama, Mitsuhiko Kawase, Seigo Sakai, Toshiyuki Takagi, Yasuaki Kohama, Yun Luo, Yoshikatsu Tanahashi, Seiichi Zama, Makoto Yamada, Masao Sato

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A new concept of a thermoelectric actuator comprised of shape memory alloy and Peltier elements has been proposed. The shape memory alloy is heated or cooled simultaneously by Peltier elements and the efficient and quick movement can be achieved. The thermoelectric actuator has been applied to a medical catheter. The operating principle and mechanism of the catheter are described. The developed active catheter, which can bend and twist according to the current supplied to the Peltier elements, shows the fast response and can be operated with less power consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-718
Number of pages7
JournalJSME International Journal, Series B: Fluids and Thermal Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Nov


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