Planetary Science Group develops ventilator to fight Covid-19

20 April 2020 (Last Updated April 20th, 2020 14:18)

The Planetary Science Group based at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences has designed and developed a ventilator to support the worldwide efforts to produce more ventilators for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Planetary Science Group develops ventilator to fight Covid-19
Space scientists at the University of Aberdeen have designed a ventilator, which could help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: University of Aberdeen.

The Planetary Science Group based at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences has designed and developed a ventilator to support the worldwide efforts to produce more ventilators for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

The device, called Atmospheric Mixture Optimization Ventilator (ATMO)-Vent, can be quickly manufactured. The ventilator is also considered to be more cost-effective and user-friendly than the existing models in development to support the fight against Covid-19.

Manufactured in accordance with the UK regulatory guidelines, the ATMO-Vent was designed using certified and low-cost commercially available components.

Planetary Science Group head professor Javier Martín-Torres said: “As a multidisciplinary research group specialising in Martian study, we have a wealth of experience in building, calibrating and qualifying space instruments using commercial components.

“We have used this expertise to design and build a fully operating prototype ventilator, using widely available parts. This means that it is easy to build and ideally suited to rapid, mass deployment in healthcare settings. This will be especially useful in countries with underdeveloped healthcare infrastructure.”

The device is currently in the testing phase. The scientists are seeking industrial and healthcare partners to collaborate for continued development.

They are also in talks with regulatory authorities to have the ventilator officially certified.

University of Aberdeen Research vice-principal Marion Campbell said: “Across multiple disciplines, our research community is working as part of a broad effort to harness our world-renowned academic expertise in the fight against Covid-19.

“The work of Professor Martin-Torres and the Planetary Science Group in developing this ventilator is a prime example of how our researchers are applying their skills to meet the challenges created by the pandemic.”