Rashmi studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), where she was awarded her BSc degree with first class honours. She started her PhD at UCL in 2013.
An improved understanding of structural implications of the different joining techniques that can find potential application in superelastic shape memory alloys is essential in a number of cardiovascular medical devices, including transcatheter valves, angioplasty stents and stented grafts. Similarly, the emerging of novel biocompatible polymers suitable for the design of structural components, grafts, scaffolds, and media for drug delivery, demands an improvement of their bonding onto supporting metal frames.
The proposed project aims at maximizing the durability of new generation cardiovascular implants by enhancing the joint of superelastic metal frames, as well as the bonding between the polymer/soft tissue and the metal frame.
The research is performed between the UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering and TWI (World Centre for Materials Joining Technology)