The finals and awards ceremony of the ie-net 2020 awards took place on 19 November.
Congratulations to VUB students Schelkens Jeroen, Vrolix Michiel and Cominotto Theo who won the first place in the industrial engineering category with their project Breathney: Rapid Manufactured Ventilator System.
Breathney in a few words:
In the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, it became clear that many patients were suffering from extreme respiratory problems. For many of these patients, a medical ventilator is vital to support their breathing. In response, a team has been set up to design such a medical ventilator that can be quickly produced in emergency situations. The team consisted of more than 70 members, including engineers, physicians and other experts.
During this project, various prototypes were built based on different operating principles and engines. The components and designs were chosen for their performance and availability. For example, after several prototypes, it was decided to use the motor from the windscreen wipers of a truck as an engine.
The ventilator design also meets the specifications set by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA has drawn up a list of specifications that an emergency ventilator must meet for use in hospitals.
A small amount of fans was also produced in collaboration with some companies to validate the quickly producible design of the fan.