Influence of Blood Rheology and Vessel Wall Motion on Arterial Fluid Mechanics

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John M. Tarbell

Physiological Transport Studies Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA 16802-4400

Appl. Mech. Rev 47(6S), S291-S295 (Jun 01, 1994) doi:10.1115/1.3124426 History: Online April 29, 2009


Most model studies of arterial fluid mechanics have assumed that blood is a Newtonian fluid and that vessel wall motion driven by the pressure pulse has a small influence on the local velocity and pressure distributions. This paper provides a brief historical review of arterial flow modeling which emphasizes recent developments in non-Newtonian blood analog fluids and studies of the influence of vessel wall motion on local flow fields. It is pointed out that vessel wall motion can have a dominant effect on mean pressure gradient and a significant effect on mean wall shear stress in the aorta.

Copyright © 1994 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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