The 807B Large Rodent/Small Animal Apparatus enables physiology researchers to easily perform in-situ muscle characterization on large rodents and other small animals with an Aurora Scientific 309C or 310C Dual-Mode muscle lever.
This system consists of a mounting plate on which the animal lies, a raised platform for holding the limb of interest, and various clamps for immobilizing the limb. The motor mount has manually-operated three axis translation stages for positioning the lever arm with respect to the animal and for adjusting resting tension or resting length. Both the animal plate and the raised limb plate can be temperature controlled by circulating water through these plates. A lab circulating bath can easily maintain the animal and limb plates at the desired physiological temperature.
The 807B frame permits simple movement of the animal with respect to the motor, allowing the researcher to adjust according to the size of the animal and the desired attachment point. The animal plate can be locked at the desired horizontal location with thumb screws. The 807B can accommodate vertical and lateral motor positions as the motor can be raised and lowered through a wide range with the precision adjusting stages.
All parts are manufactured from corrosion-resistant materials (anodized aluminum, stainless steel and Delrin). The frame is formed from an extrusion that includes T-slots, allowing additional equipment to be easily mounted on the frame. Extra T-nuts and screws can be purchased from Aurora Scientific.