Hydrodynamics of the Human Circulatory System: A Review.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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The results of a literature survey of blood flow are used to determine the extent to which the principles of hydrodynamics are being employed in the study of the human circulatory system. Blood flow is characterized by such parameters are Reynolds number, vessel diameter and geometry, and transport mechanism with a view toward understanding the rheological behavior of blood in various flow regimes. This study provides an engineering explanation of the hydrodynamic origin of such physiological disorders as arteriosclerosis, atheroma, and thromboembolism. Moreover, it provides an appreciation for the engineering aspects in the design of cardiac assist and cardiac replacement devices. Author
- Anatomy and Physiology