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Acoustic Response of Arteries Using Thick Wall Tube Assumption

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A. M. Al-Jumaily

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

A. Salam Al-Ammri

University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Paper No. IMECE2009-12271, pp. 439-442; 4 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


This paper describes the pressure wave propagation and reflection phenomenon in the aorta and the brachial artery to reproduce the brachial artery pressure and the strain imposed on the cuff external wall using thick wall tube assumption for the aorta. The effects of variations in aortic radius, thickness, heart rate and cuff pressure on the brachial artery pressure contours and pneumatic cuff strain contours were investigated The thick wall tube assumption for the aorta will improve the accuracy of the results and give an indication about the error involved when using thin wall tube assumption. The results indicate that there are some differences between the trends and shapes of the curves when using thick wall assumption. This difference could be as high as 3% for the eight feature points extracted from the pressure and strain contours. These feature points are the time duration before the deflection marking the arrival of the incident and reflected wave, the peak of the first and second pressure deflection minus the diastolic pressure, the peak of the first and second strain deflection minus the strain at diastolic pressure. These features points are used to calculate the brachial augmentation indices and the time lag which are used as a measure of arterial stiffness.

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