The KEU-XE Experiment Unit is a device capable of providing an aquaria-like environment for investigating small aquatic Metazoa (e.g. Xenopus laevis or Zebra fish) or Algae. The KEU-XE features a feeding system relying on osmotic pump.
Two walls of the device consist of permeable membranes to guarantee gas homeostasis. The fluidics consisting of a peristaltic pump (external) lined with a filter with active charcoal allows to regenerate the water. The water recirculation rate is tunable and led by the KEU-XE controller electronics following a predefined timeline. At the end of the experiment the XENOPUS Experiment Unit can be stowed at controlled temperatures. Samples can be kept alive until re-entry on Earth.
|Fluidic actuators type||PERISTALTIC PUMP (required externally)|
|Levels of Containment||(LoC) 1|
|Fluidic System Volume||ask for information|
|Features integrated||OSMOTIC PUMP|
|On-Board Electronic Controller||NO|
|Experiment Unit size||≈ 85x48x57 mm|
|Experiment Unit mass||≈ 150 grams (fully assembled)|
|Fits into||multiple KEU-XE fits into KIC-DLM (2 LoC)|
|QUALIFIED FOR||Manned Flight Carrier (Soyuz)|
|QUALIFIED FOR||Manned Flights – Use on ISS|
So far, the KEU-XE Experiment Unit has been used to study Xenopous laevis tadpoles.
Each KEU-XE Experiment Unit (EU) backbone is made of semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer with excellent mechanical and chemical resistance properties, biologically inert. The larger aquarium surfaces, respectively the rear and front wall, are made of a gas permeable membrane. The EU itself provides one level of containment (LoC) that is increased to three by using KIC-DLM containers class. Each aquarium is provided with an independent fluidic system.
On the whole, the fluidic system consists of a peristaltic pump, connecting silicon tubes, an aquarium, an osmotic pump, a filter acting as a waste control device and air permeable membranes for gas exchange. Basically, the force exerted by the peristaltic pump guarantees the fluid exchange within the aquarium; air permeable membranes guarantee gas homeostasis. An osmotic pump releases nutrients for Xenopous laevis tadpoles. A filtering device maintains water quality.
|2008||XENOPUS||PI||Eberhard Horn (Univ. of Ulm) – Martin Gabriel (Univ. of Göttingen)|