Oxygen Diffusion in Blood: A Translational Model of Shear-Induced Augmentation

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T. E. Diller

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va. 24061

B. B. Mikic

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J Biomech Eng 105(4), 346-352 (Nov 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138431 History: Received September 09, 1981; Revised June 20, 1983; Online June 15, 2009


Possible models of shear-induced augmentation of oxygen transfer in laminar blood flow are discussed and evaluated in the light of recently published experimental results [1]. A new transfer augmentation model is presented which evaluates the effect of microscopic translational motions of the red blood cells back and forth across the flow streamlines. The results of this model appear to be consistent with the experimentally measured diffusion augmentation.

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