Computational Approach for Probing the Flow Through Artificial Heart Devices

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C. Kiris

MCAT, Inc., Mountain View, CA 94039

D. Kwak

Advanced Computational Methods Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035

S. Rogers

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035

I-D. Chang

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

J Biomech Eng 119(4), 452-460 (Nov 01, 1997) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2798293 History: Received December 16, 1991; Revised October 09, 1996; Online October 30, 2007


Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has become an indispensable part of aerospace research and design. The solution procedure for incompressible Navier–Stokes equations can be used for biofluid mechanics research. The computational approach provides detailed knowledge of the flowfield complementary to that obtained by experimental measurements. This paper illustrates the extension of CFD techniques to artificial heart flow simulation. Unsteady incompressible Navier–Stokes equations written in three-dimensional generalized curvilinear coordinates are solved iteratively at each physical time step until the incompressibility condition is satisfied. The solution method is based on the pseudocompressibility approach. It uses an implicit upwind-differencing scheme together with the Gauss–Seidel line-relaxation method. The efficiency and robustness of the time-accurate formulation of the numerical algorithm are tested by computing the flow through model geometries. A channel flow with a moving indentation is computed and validated by experimental measurements and other numerical solutions. In order to handle the geometric complexity and the moving boundary problems, a zonal method and an overlapped grid embedding scheme are employed, respectively. Steady-state solutions for the flow through a tilting-disk heart valve are compared with experimental measurements. Good agreement is obtained. Aided by experimental data, the flow through an entire Penn State artificial heart model is computed.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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