This work proposes the theory and design of an experimental setup to mimic the dynamic impedance of the human circulatory system for testing the dynamic characteristics of an artificial heart. This platform has the same resistance, compliance, and inertance elements as the well-studied 4-element Windkessel model. As opposed to a circuit analogy model commonly seen in the literature, our platform remains within the same energy domain as the circulatory system. This allows an artificial heart designer to test pump performance and dynamic pressure characteristics under realistic loading. A test platform is designed using a non-hazardous working fluid with the same density and viscosity as blood. The system uses as few custom components as possible and interchangeable parts allow for system tuning.

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