Flow Visualization in a Mold of an Atherosclerotic Human Abdominal Aorta

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F. J. Walburn, H. N. Sabbah, P. D. Stein

Department of Medicine, (Division of Cardiovascular Medicine), and Department of Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich. 48202

J Biomech Eng 103(3), 168-170 (Aug 01, 1981) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138273 History: Received September 24, 1980; Revised May 07, 1981; Online June 15, 2009


Flow in a mold of an atherosclerotic human abdominal aorta and common iliac arteries was studied by flow visualization at a mean Reynolds number of 500 during both pulsatile and steady flow. Flow separation and transient flow reversals were found distal to atherosclerotic plaques during pulsatile flow; whereas flow separation resulting in regions of permanent eddies were observed distal to plaques only during steady flow.

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