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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 378;

Neutral Argon Plasma in Minimally Invasive Medical Devices for Therapy

CMEMS-UMinho, DEI, University of Minho, Campus Azurem, 4800-058 Guimaraes, Portugal
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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This paper presents a solution to implement neutral argon plasma (NAP) in minimally invasive medical devices (MIMD) for therapy in endoscopy. The NAP system is composed by compressed inert gas (argon), two electrodes and a high-voltage source to ionize the argon. The miniaturization of an argon reservoir is required. The finite element method simulation of a small reservoir of 304 L stainless steel with 0.2 mm thick at 7 atm of pressure was performed. The results show maximum total deformation of 40 μm and maximum equivalent stress of 160 MPa, with no permanent deformation of argon reservoir.
Keywords: argon plasma; therapy; actuator argon plasma; therapy; actuator
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Rodrigues, J.A.; Silva, M.F.; Correia, J.H. Neutral Argon Plasma in Minimally Invasive Medical Devices for Therapy. Proceedings 2017, 1, 378.

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