Biofluid Mechanics: The Human Circulation

Krishnan B. Chandran, Stanley E. Rittgers, Ajit P. Yoganathan

November 15, 2006 by CRC Press
Textbook - 432 Pages - 220 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849373282 - CAT# 7328

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  • Reviews fluid and solid mechanics as well as cardiovascular physiology
  • Discusses vascular implants and measurement techniques in the cardiovascular system
  • Provides detailed derivations of classic solutions and real-life applications with worked-out examples
  • Examines various models of flow in the human circulation, through native heart valves, and cardiac chambers
  • Details the design and fluid mechanical evaluation of artificial heart valves
  • Covers fluid mechanical alterations related to vascular graft and stent implants
  • Summary

    Part medicine, part biology, and part engineering, biomedicine and bioengineering are by their nature hybrid disciplines. To make these disciplines work, engineers need to speak "medicine," and clinicians and scientists need to speak "engineering." Building a bridge between these two worlds, Biofluid Mechanics: The Human Circulation integrates fluid and solid mechanics relationships and cardiovascular physiology.

    The book focuses on blood rheology, steady and unsteady flow models in the arterial circulation, and fluid mechanics through native heart valves. The authors delineate the relationship between fluid mechanics and the development of arterial diseases in the coronary, carotid, and ileo-femoral arteries. They go on to elucidate methods used to evaluate the design of circulatory implants such as artificial heart valves, stents, and vascular grafts. The book covers design requirements for the development of an ideal artificial valve, including a discussion of the currently available mechanical and bioprosthetic valves. It concludes with a detailed description of common fluid mechanical measurements used for diagnosing arterial and valvular diseases as well as research studies that examine the possible interactions between hemodynamics and arterial disease.

    Drawing on a wide range of material, the authors cover both theory and practical applications. The book breaks down fluid mechanics into key definitions and specific properties and then uses these pieces to construct a solid foundation for analyzing biofluid mechanics in both normal and diseased conditions.