Numerical and experimental study of artifical heart valve fluid dynamics in ventricular assist devices

01 January 2008 → 31 October 2012
Ghent University funding
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
  • Engineering and technology
    • Design theories and methods
    • Mechanics
    • Other mechanical and manufacturing engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Medical biotechnology
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
fluid dynamics particle image velocimetry experimental heart valves numerical
Project description

In this project, the hemodynamics of artificial heart valves will be studied by means of threedimensional numerical flow simulations. The numerical results are then validated using particle image velocimetry, an optical technique for measuring fluid velocities. Insights gathered will allow to minimize the occurrence of valve-relations complications inside ventricular assist devices (rupture of valve leaflets, thrombosis), and improve the durability of these devices.