Two Hot Plate Prototype Thermal Specs

A project log for OpenFluidWarmer

a safe, low-cost IV fluid warmer solution; for when commercially available IV fluid warmers are too expensive or cannot be sourced

John OpsahlJohn Opsahl 09/29/2020 at 03:110 Comments

The two hot plate prototype is showing promising fluid warming capabilities at the 20mL/min target flow rate! 

For Test 1 and 2, I increased the heater set points until the outlet temperature was within +/- 2°C of 38°C human body temperature. I hit the functional limit of the heater setpoints during test 2 before outlet temperature was near the target.

Test 1, approx 20°C inlet temperature:

Test 2, approx 4°C inlet temperature:

Seeing that the device could not achieve an outlet temperature within +/- 2°C of 38°C. I decided to lower the flow rate to find how close I could get to 38°C outlet temperature. Lowest flow rate that the peristaltic pump can run at is 13mL/min. The 7mL/min drop in flow rate resulted in a 7.5°C greater temperature rise!

Test 3, approx 4°C inlet temperature:

Test 4 was run at 64mL/min flow rate to understand temperature rise at higher flow rates. It showed a 8°C temperature rise.

Test 4, approx 4°C inlet temperature:

All and all, I am very happy with what this first prototype was able to achieve. With more development of the heat transfer approach, this device has great potential at flow rates of 20mL/min and below.