TECHNICAL PAPERS: Fluids/Heat/Transport

Lumped Parameter Model for Computing the Minimum Pressure During Mechanical Heart Valve Closure

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Brant H. Maines

CarboMedics,  A Sorin Group Company, Austin, Texas 78752

Christopher E. Brennen

 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125

J Biomech Eng 127(4), 648-655 (Mar 09, 2005) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1934164 History: Received May 24, 2004; Revised March 09, 2005

The cavitation inception threshold of mechanical heart valves has been shown to be highly variable. This is in part due to the random distribution of the initial and final conditions that characterize leaflet closure. While numerous hypotheses exist explaining the mechanisms of inception, no consistent scaling laws have been developed to describe this phenomenon due to the complex nature of these dynamic conditions. Thus in order to isolate and assess the impact of these varied conditions and mechanisms on inception, a system of ordinary differential equations is developed to describe each system component and solved numerically to predict the minimum pressure generated during valve closure. In addition, an experiment was conducted in a mock circulatory loop using an optically transparent size 29 bileaflet valve over a range of conditions to calibrate and validate this model under physiological conditions. High-speed video and high-response pressure measurements were obtained simultaneously to characterize the relationship between the valve motion, fluid motion, and negative pressure transients during closure. The simulation model was calibrated using data from a single closure cycle and then compared to other experimental flow conditions and to results found in the literature. The simulation showed good agreement with the closing dynamics and with the minimum pressure trends in the current experiment. Additionally, the simulation suggests that the variability observed experimentally (when using dPdt alone as the primary measure of cavitation inception) is predictable. Overall, results from the current form of this lumped parameter model indicate that it is a good engineering assessment tool.

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Horizontal mock circulatory loop

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Comparison of the predicted closing time to experiment

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Comparison of the predicted angular position to experiment

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Comparison of the predicted minimum pressure to experiment at a high flow condition

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Comparison of the predicted minimum pressure to experiment at a low flow condition

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Enlargement of jet region

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Bileaflet mechanical heart valve model

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Comparison of the predicted minimum pressure (P2) to experiment

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Predicted angular rates at closure match experimental trends

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Predicted minimum pressure is significantly affected by a change in initial or final conditions for a constant dP∕dt=200mmHg∕s

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Simulation suggests that cavitation inception trends developed using the loading rate are likely to produce inconsistent results due to the variability in initial or final conditions and waveform shape. Solid=simulation; open=experimental.

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Typical pressure wave forms (P2) measured ∼2mm downstream of the leaflet surface. Symbols represent the closure time of each leaflet. Open=leaflet proximal to pressure transducer; solid=distal leaflet.

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Typical loading rates during valve closure. Symbols represent the closure time of each leaflet. (Open=leaflet proximal to pressure transducer; solid=distal leaflet).

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Details of the acrylic valve model



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