The Design, Fabrication and Evaluation of a Trileaflet Prosthetic Heart Valve

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G. E. Chetta

Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402

J. R. Lloyd

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556

J Biomech Eng 102(1), 34-41 (Feb 01, 1980) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138196 History: Received April 18, 1979; Online June 15, 2009


Although prosthetic heart valves have been in existence for many years, the need for new improved designs and in-vitro evaluation techniques are apparent. This paper presents details on the design considerations, fabrication techniques and heart valve evaluation equipment. A valve performance index is discussed in light of various valve and mock circulatory test section designs. The need for national and indeed international valve evaluation techniques is made apparent.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
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