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Image-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics in a Carotid Artery

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F. Gori, A. Boghi

University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

Paper No. IMECE2009-10302, pp. 123-128; 6 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4375-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Literature presents numerical simulations on image-based geometry where blood is treated as a Newtonian fluid, while others simulations assumed a non-Newtonian blood with two or three-dimensional axisymmetric geometry. The present work investigates the non-Newtonian behavior of a pulsating blood flow through a stenosed carotid artery, realistically reconstructed with the patient-specific geometry of a 60 years old man with an intimal thickening of 90% degree of stenosis. Lumen boundary contours are segmented using commercial image-processing software AMIRA for a 3D geometry reconstruction. High-quality tetrahedral mesh is generated using commercial mesh-generator code GAMBIT. The 3-D unsteady incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are solved using the commercial finite volume code FLUENT. The boundary condition is assumed from a flow-rate-wave of the literature using the FFT method and imposing a pressure sinusoidal signal with 20 harmonics.

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