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Finite element modeling of blood in arteries. (English) Zbl 0953.76058

Summary: We describe a finite element framework for computational vascular research. The software system developed provides an integrated set of tools to solve clinically relevant blood flow problems and test hypotheses regarding hemodynamic (blood flow) factors in vascular adaptation and disease. The validity of the computational method was established by comparing numerical results to an analytic solution for pulsatile flow as well as to published experimental flow data. We also describe the applications of the finite element method to qualitative and quantitative assessment of blood flow fields in a number of clinically relevant models.

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76M10 Finite element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76Z05 Physiological flows
92C10 Biomechanics
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