From fuel injection to medical inhalers

“Millions of people around the world rescue their health, daily, with asthma inhalers. The device is life-saving, but curiously inefficient for a technology that has been around for more than 60 years. The uneven spread and size of particles, combined with the different ways people use the inhaler, means drug delivery can often be just 25 per cent of what it should be.

Inhalers release a turbulent jet of vapour, not dissimilar to what you would see in an engine fuel injector, and in fact it’s this sideways leap in thinking that led to engineers from Australia and the US turning their engine and aerospace expertise to this medicine.”

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