RESEARCH ARTICLE

Design and Analysis of a Continuous Split Typed Needle-Free Injection System for Animal Vaccination

The Open Biomedical Engineering Journal 30 June 2017 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874120701711010059

Abstract

Background:

Liquid needle-free injection devices (NFIDs) employ a high-velocity liquid jet to deliver drugs and vaccine through transdermal injection. NFIDs for animal vaccination are more complicated than those used for human beings for their much larger and more flexible power sources, as well as rapid, repetitive and continuous injection features.

Method:

In the paper, spring-powered NFID is designed for animal vaccine injection. For convenience, the device is a split into a power source and handheld injector. A mathematical model is proposed to calculate the injection pressure, taking into the account pressure loss and the strain energy loss in the bendable tube due to elastic deformation. An experimental apparatus was build to verify the calculation results.

Results and Conclusion:

Under the same system conditions, the calculation results of the dynamic injection pressure match the experimental results. It is found that the bendable tube of the split typed NFID has significant impact on the profile of the injection pressure. The initial peak pressure is less than the initial peak pressure of NFID without bendable tube, and there is occurrence time lag of the peak pressure. The mathematical model is the first attempt to reveal the relationship between the injection pressure and the system variables of split typed NFID.

Keywords: Needle-free injection, Jet, Animal vaccination, Transdermal injection, Injection pressure.
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