Flow Models Studies of Heart Valves

  • Klaus Affeld
  • Klaus Schichl
  • Andreas Ziemann
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 235)


In order to simulate the blood flow through an artificial heart valve, a device is required that generates the appropriate flow and pressure conditions, i.e., a mock circulation. Despite the many years of research on artificial heart valves, a consensus among researchers about an optimal flow model has not yet been attained. As the many references and also the guidelines of the International Standard Organization(1) show, there are no well defined specifications on the testing of artificial heart valves. The reason for the absence of agreement on this matter is possibly that the problems to be investigated regarding the flow model are inordinately complex. In this paper we will suggest two models that we believe reduce this complexity, thus facilitating the determination of the appropriate flow. Accordingly, we divide the flow models into two groups:
  • flow models to measure the bulk hydrodynamic qualities of the valve; and

  • flow models to research the valve’s thromboembolic qualities.


Shear Rate Flow Model Heart Valve Flow Separation Ball Screw 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Affeld
    • 1
  • Klaus Schichl
    • 1
  • Andreas Ziemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Biofluidmechanik Labor, UKRVFreie Universität Berlin1 Berlin 19Germany

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