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Test Rig for the Atomic Energy Artificial Heart

Test Rig for the Atomic Energy Artificial Heart

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Description
This test rig was used to analyze the ventricles made for the Atomic Energy Artificial Heart. An artificial heart driven by atomic energy was financed by the Atomic Energy Commission, and by Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). In 1977 the ERDA became the United States Department of Energy, which lost interest in the development of a nuclear heart. The engine was made by North America/Phillips while the silastic ventricles were made in Kolff's laboratory. Kolff replaced the Sterling engine with a small electromotor on the pump and obtained survival of a calf for 35 days with this artificial heart.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
test rig
heart, artificial
date made
1972
maker
Kolff Laboratory
place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
Physical Description
silastic (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
surgical tape (overall material)
brass (overall material)
white metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 26.5 cm x 13 cm; 6 5/16 in x 10 7/16 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 5 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 13.335 cm x 26.67 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
1998.0035.042.02
accession number
1998.0035
catalog number
1985.0035.042.02
Credit Line
Willim J. Kolff, M.D.
subject
Artificial Organs
Medicine
Cardiology
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Government, Politics, and Reform
Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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