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Wei-Tao Wu, Andrea Blue Martin, Alberto Gandini, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
This study is motivated by the development of a blood cell filtration device for removal of malaria-infected, parasitized red blood cells (pRBCs). The blood was modeled as a multi-component fluid using the computational fluid dynamics discrete element method (CFD-DEM), wherein plasma was treated as a Newtonian fluid and the red blood cells (RBCs) were modeled as soft-sphere solid particles which move under the influence of drag, collisions with other RBCs, and a magnetic force. The CFD-DEM model was first validated by a comparison with experimental data from Han et al...
2016: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
S Negin Mortazavi, Donna Geddes, Fatemeh Hassanipour
This work presents a fluid dynamic study of milk flow in lactating human breast. The motivation for this study is in part to improve the fundamental understanding of transport processes in an important but insufficiently studied human organ, and in part to produce a new methodology for the understanding of the pathologies of lactation, which can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of a significant proportion of the population. This collaborative effort among lactation specialists and fluid dynamic engineers starts with a careful, statistically representative measurement of infant suckling patterns...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Hongpeng Lai, Shuyong Wang, Yongli Xie
In the New Qidaoliang Tunnel (China), a rear-end collision of two tanker trunks caused a fire. To understand the damage characteristics of the tunnel lining structure, in situ investigation was performed. The results show that the fire in the tunnel induced spallation of tunnel lining concrete covering 856 m³; the length of road surface damage reached 650 m; the sectional area had a maximum 4% increase, and the mechanical and electrical facilities were severely damaged. The maximum area loss happened at the fire spot with maximum observed concrete spallation up to a thickness of 35...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Jianke Huang, Jiangguo Ying, Fei Fan, Qijian Yang, Jun Wang, Yuanguang Li
Aiming to culture algae with high efficiency, a novel vertical multi-column airlift photobioreactor (VMAPBR) has been developed. It was constructed with a series of vertically arranged parallel columns with easy scalability. The hydrodynamic, irradiation and shear stress characteristics of the photobioreactor were studied by computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Accordingly, the optimal aeration manner and aeration rate were determined. When the novel airlift PBR was alternately aerated with aeration rate of 0...
September 29, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Giuseppe Roberto Pisaturo, Maurizio Righetti, Michael Dumbser, Markus Noack, Matthias Schneider, Valentina Cavedon
One way to study ecological implications induced by hydropeaking represents the coupling of hydrodynamic models with habitat suitability models, in which hydrodynamic parameters are typically used to describe the physical habitat of indicator species. This article discusses the differences in habitat suitability assessment between 2D and 3D CFD modelling as input for the habitat simulation tool CASiMiR. In the first part of the article, the accuracy of the hydraulic model is evaluated by comparing the model results with laboratory (model of a laboratory channel with erodible bed) and field measurements (Valsura River, Bolzano, Italy)...
October 12, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Keizo Yamamoto, Makoto Tsubokura, Jun Ikeda, Keiji Onishi, Sophie Baleriola
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of posture of a ski jumper on aerodynamic characteristics during the take-off using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The CFD method adopted for this study was based on Large-Eddy Simulation. Body surface data were obtained by 3-D laser scanning of an active ski jumper. Based on video analysis of the actual take-off movement, two sets of motion data were generated (world-class jumper A and less-experienced jumper B). The inlet flow velocity that corresponds to the in-run velocity in actual ski jumping was set to 23...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Karen-Helene Støverud, Hans Petter Langtangen, Geir Andre Ringstad, Per Kristian Eide, Kent-Andre Mardal
PURPOSE: Previous computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies have demonstrated that the Chiari malformation is associated with abnormal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow in the cervical part of the subarachnoid space (SAS), but the flow in the SAS of the posterior cranial fossa has received little attention. This study extends previous modelling efforts by including the cerebellomedullary cistern, pontine cistern, and 4th ventricle in addition to the cervical subarachnoid space. METHODS: The study included one healthy control, Con1, and two patients with Chiari I malformation, P1 and P2...
2016: PloS One
A D Passos, D Tziafas, A A Mouza, S V Paras
In this work the mass transfer characteristics in a µ-tube that simulates a simplified dentinal tubule geometry are numerically investigated. The aim is to assess the key features that affect transdentinal diffusion of substances and consequently to define the necessary quantitative and qualitative issues related to a specific bioactive agent before its potential application in clinical practice. CFD simulations were performed in an S-shaped tapered micro-tube, while the code was validated using the non-intrusive optical measuring technique Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF)...
October 7, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Xingli Liu, Weiwei Yan, Yang Liu, Yat Sze Choy, Yikun Wei
The flow characteristics in the realistic human upper airway (HUA) with obstruction that resulted from pharyngeal collapse were numerically investigated. The 3D anatomically accurate HUA model was reconstructed from CT-scan images of a Chinese male patient (38 years, BMI 25.7). The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with the large eddy simulation (LES) method was applied to simulate the airflow dynamics within the HUA model in both inspiration and expiration processes. The laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) technique was simultaneously adopted to measure the airflow fields in the HUA model for the purpose of testifying the reliability of LES approach...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Hamed Moradkhani, Mir-Shahabeddin Izadkhah, Navideh Anarjan
In this work, gas dispersion in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor is analyzed by calculating volumetric oxygen mass transfer coefficient which is modeled using a commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD), code FLUENT 6.2. Dispersed oxygen bubbles dynamics is based on standard "k-ε" Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) model. This paper describes a three-dimensional CFD model coupled with population balance equations (PBE) in order to get more confirming results of experimental measurements. Values of k L a are obtained using dynamic gassing-out method...
October 8, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Yanfei Chen, Bryan W Tillman, Sung Kwon Cho, Tara D Richards, Amit D Tevar, Xinzhu Gu, William R Wagner, Youngjae Chun
Donation after cardiac death has been adopted to address the critical shortage of donor organs for transplant. Recovery of these organs is hindered by low blood flow that leads to permanent organ injury. We propose a novel approach to isolate the perfusion of the abdominal organs from the systemic malperfusion of the dying donor. We reasoned that this design could improve blood flow to organs without open surgery, while respecting the ethical principle that cardiac stress not be increased during organ recovery...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Catarina C Lins, Diego T Prado, Andrei F Joaquim
Surgical treatment is well accepted for patients with traumatic cervical facet joint dislocations (CFD), but there is uncertainty over which approach is better: anterior, posterior or combined. We performed a systematic literature review to evaluate the indications for anterior and posterior approaches in the management of CFD. Anterior approaches can restore cervical lordosis, and cause less postoperative pain and less wound problems. Posterior approaches are useful for direct reduction of locked facet joints and provide stronger fixation from a biomechanical point of view...
September 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Ravishekar Ravi Kannan, Z J Chen, Narender Singh, Andrzej Przekwas, Renishkumar Delvadia, Geng Tian, Ross Walenga
The models used for modeling the airflow in the human airways are either 0D compartmental or full 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models. In the former, airways are treated as compartments and the computations are performed with several assumptions, thereby generating a low fidelity solution. The CFD method displays extremely high fidelity since the solution is obtained by solving the conservation equations in a physiologically consistent geometry. However, CFD models (i) require millions of degrees of freedom (DOF) to accurately describe the geometry and to reduce the discretization errors, (ii) have convergence problems and (iii) require several days to simulate a few breathing cycles...
October 5, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Shin-Ichiro Sugiyama, Hidenori Endo, Kuniyasu Niizuma, Toshiki Endo, Kenichi Funamoto, Makoto Ohta, Teiji Tominaga
This was a proof-of-concept computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study designed to identify atherosclerotic changes in intracranial aneurysms. We selected 3 patients with multiple unruptured aneurysms including at least one with atherosclerotic changes and investigated whether an image-based CFD study could provide useful information for discriminating the atherosclerotic aneurysms. Patient-specific geometries were constructed from three-dimensional data obtained using rotational angiography. Transient simulations were conducted under patient-specific inlet flow rates measured by phase-contrast magnetic resonance velocimetry...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Sascha Princz, Ulla Wenzel, Hanna Tritschler, Silke Schwarz, Christian Dettmann, Nicole Rotter, Martin Hessling
An automated bioreactor system for three-dimensional (3D) cultivation of facial cartilage replacement matrices (e.g. whole human auricles) with automatised medium exchange, gas flow and temperature control was developed. The measurement of O2 saturation and pH value in the medium was performed with a non-invasive optical method. The whole system can be observed via remote monitoring worldwide. First results demonstrated that the complete system remained sterile throughout a period of 42 days. Human chondrocytes migrated into the employed cartilage replacement matrix consisting of decellularised porcine nasoseptal cartilage (pNSC)...
October 4, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Akhilesh Khapre, Basudeb Munshi
The paper focuses on the data collected from the mixing of shear thinning non-Newtonian fluids in a cylindrical tank by a Rushton turbine. The data presented are obtained by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of fluid flow field in the entire tank volume. The CFD validation data for this study is reported in the research article 'Numerical investigation of hydrodynamic behavior of shear thinning fluids in stirred tank' (Khapre and Munshi, 2015) [1]. The tracer injection method is used for the prediction of mixing time and mixing efficiency of a Rushton turbine impeller...
September 2016: Data in Brief
M O Khan, D A Steinman, K Valen-Sendstad
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) shows promise for informing treatment planning and rupture risk assessment for intracranial aneurysms. Much attention has been paid to the impact on predicted hemodynamics of various modelling assumptions and uncertainties, including the need for modelling the non-Newtonian, shear-thinning rheology of blood, with equivocal results. Our study clarifies this issue by contextualizing the impact of rheology model against the recently-demonstrated impact of CFD solution strategy on the prediction of aneurysm flow instabilities...
October 1, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Sandeep Talari, Yoko Kato, Hanbing Shang, Yasuhiro Yamada, Kei Yamashiro, Daisuke Suyama, Tsukasa Kawase, Vladimir Balik, Wu Rile
CONTEXT: The increase in the detection of unruptured cerebral aneurysms has led to management dilemma. Prediction of risk based on the size of the aneurysm is not always accurate. There is no objective way of predicting rupture of aneurysm so far. Computational fluid dynamics (CFDs) was proposed as a tool to identify the rupture risk. AIMS: To know the correlation of CFD findings with intraoperative microscopic findings and to know the relevance of CFD in the prediction of rupture risk and in the management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Mark Eidelman, Julio J Jauregui, Shawn C Standard, Dror Paley, John E Herzenberg
BACKGROUND: Congenital femoral deficiency (CFD) is one of the most challenging and complex conditions for limb lengthening. We focused on the problem of hip instability during femoral lengthening because subluxation and dislocation are potentially catastrophic for hip function. METHODS: We assessed for hip stability in 69 children (91 femoral lengthenings) who had CFD Paley type 1a (43 children) and 1b (26 children). The mean age at first lengthening was 6.4 years...
September 27, 2016: International Orthopaedics
M Simão, J M Ferreira, J Mora-Rodriguez, J Fragata, H M Ramos
This study explores the analysis of a new stent geometry from two typical stents used to treat the coronary artery disease. Two different finite element methods are applied with different boundary conditions to investigate the stenosis region. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models including fluid-structure interaction are used to assess the haemodynamic impact of two types of coronary stents implantation: (1) type 1-based on a strut-link stent geometry and (2) type 2-a continuous helical stent. Using data from a recent clinical stenosis, flow disturbances and consequent shear stress alterations introduced by the stent treatment are investigated...
September 26, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
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