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Buckling Behavior of Arteries Under Torsion

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Justin R. Garcia, Shawn D. Lamm, Hai-Chao Han

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Paper No. SBC2011-53652, pp. 9-10; 2 pages
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA, June 22–25, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5458-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Arterial tortuosity is a phenomenon which is observed throughout the body and is associated with aging, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other vascular diseases [1]. Tortuous arteries significantly hinder blood flow which may lead to the development of atherosclerotic plaque buildup [2]. Blood vessels may also become twisted or demonstrate 3-D tortuous shapes when subject to large twist deformations such as during surgical implantation of vascular grafts, propeller flap procedures, stent-artery interactions, and sudden movements of the neck or limbs [4–6]. However, the twisting behavior of arteries is poorly understood.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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