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Biorheology. 1989;26(6):1011-30.

Pulsatile non-Newtonian blood flow simulation through a bifurcation with an aneurysm.

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Institute of Mathematics, Technical University Graz, Austria.


Blood flow is analysed by means of computer simulation in an idealized arterial bifurcation model which is pathologically altered by a saccular aneurysm. The theoretical study of the flow pattern and the paths of fluid particles is carried out under pulsatile Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow conditions. The governing equations are solved numerically with the use of the finite element method. The results show the disturbed blood flow in the bifurcation and the relatively low intra-aneurysmal flow circulation. In addition to the study of basic flow patterns in the segment, a comparison of non-Newtonian and Newtonian results is carried out. This comparison proves that for the considered large artery model under physiological flow conditions where the yield number is relatively low there is no essential difference in the results.

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