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XTU Mechanical Engineering School Team Won “iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2017”

Reputed as the “Oscar Award” in design community, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 results were recently announced in Hamburg, Germany. More than 20,000 entries from over 100 countries worldwide competed for the honor. The “Flywheel Centrifuge” designed by the XTU Mechanical Engineering School Industrial Design Department group won the “iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2017”. The team, led by Associate Professor Yao Xiang, consisted of three students; namely, Zhou Caizhi, Zhang Sha, and Tang Yingxin.
Initiated in 1954, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized and respected as one of the most prestigious design competitions all over the world. Organized and evaluated year for year by the iF International Forum Design GmbH in Germany, the AWARD has long become a symbol for excellent form, for aesthetic quality, and for user-focused, ergonomic and efficient design in all disciplines, by companies around the world. The iF logo has become an internationally acknowledged symbol of outstanding design, and serves as a beacon for design-interested audiences in the global economies. The “iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD” was specially set up for global university students, aiming to put good designs by young people in the spotlight and connect future designers with business owners, established designers, and each other. It was said that only 68 entries won the award this year. They will be exhibited at the iF Design Exhibition Hamburg the whole year.
The flywheel centrifuge is a medical concept designed for poor and developing areas. The centrifuge is an important pillar of modern science, especially in hospitals and laboratories. Most of the medical laboratory tests require not the whole blood, but plasma or serum. These two components cannot be directly separated from the blood, but retrieved for blood through high-speed centrifugal access. The centrifugal work requires expensive hardware support and power supply, which may not be available in some economically underdeveloped African poverty-stricken countries.
Inspired by the traditional flywheel toy, the flywheel centrifuge was created by the XTU design team. The toy’s rotation speed can reach 50,000 r/min, meeting the plasma centrifugal separation requirement. The designed flywheel centrifuge can deal with plasma separation from the blood within 1.5 minutes, 25% faster than the traditional one. It costs only 5 yuan RMB and does not need electricity, which is of positive interest for economically underdeveloped developing countries to reduce health care costs.