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Interaction of Red Cells with Vessel Wall, and Wall Shear with Endothelium

  • Yuan-Cheng Fung


The sizes of the viscometers cited in Chapter 3 are so large that blood can be treated as a homogeneous fluid in them. The size of the individual red cells is many orders of magnitude smaller than the dimensions of the viscometers. The same condition holds in large blood vessels. The diameters of the capillary blood vessels, however, are comparable with the dimensions of the red cells. Hence in the capillaries, red blood cells must be treated as individuals. Blood must be regarded as a two-phase fluid : a liquid plasma phase and a deformable solid phase of the blood cells.


Wall Shear Stress Apparent Viscosity Tube Diameter Relative Viscosity Membrane Tension 
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  • Yuan-Cheng Fung
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  1. 1.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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