Sinusoidal Variation of Wall Shear Stress in Daughter Tube Through 45 Deg Branch Model in Laminar Flow

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Ryuhei Yamaguchi, Kenji Kohtoh

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo 108, Japan

J Biomech Eng 116(1), 119-126 (Feb 01, 1994) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895695 History: Received May 02, 1992; Revised February 12, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


The present paper describes the experimental implemented work on the flow situation through a branch model having a daughter tube bifurcated from a parent tube at 45 deg. Experiments have been conducted utilizing an electrochemical method. The results show that, even in steady flow, the wall shear stress along the proximal wall in the daughter tube varies significantly with position in the form of a damped sine wave. For pulsating flow at the nondimensional pulsating frequency of α = 6.6, the above mentioned tendency appears to be severe, and the distribution of its amplitude in pulsating flow is similar to that of wall shear stress in steady flow.

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