Numerical simulation of blood flow in an artery with two successive bends

H. W. Hoogstraten*, J. G. Kootstra, B. Hillen, J. K. B. Krijger, P. J. W. Wensing

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    Blood flow in an artery with two successive bends is simulated by a finite-element computation of steady flow of a Newtonian viscous fluid through a rigid tube having the same shape as a specific part of the femoral artery. Notwithstanding the fact that the bends in the model geometry are rather gentle, the axial and secondary flow patterns, computed for a range of values of the Reynolds number Re, show strong and complicated three-dimensional flow effects. In particular. the flow pattern in the second bend for relatively small values of Re (Re <240) turns out to be drastically different from that for larger Re-values. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1075-1083
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of biomechanics
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Aug-1996


    • hemodynamics
    • femoral artery
    • atherosclerosis
    • computational fluid dynamics
    • finite-element method
    • MODEL

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