The Arterial Wall

  • J. C. Barbenel
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 270)


The pioneer of the quantitative study of the flow of blood through tubes was Poissuille, who was both physicist and physician. He modelled the flow of blood through the circulation by investigating the flow of water through rigid cylindrical tubes. He was forced to use water as he was unable to prevent the blood from clotting, and he was fortunate in his substitution because blood shows non-Newtonian behaviour, which will be dealt with elsewhere in this volume. He was also fortunate in using rigid tubes. The real blood vessels have complicated non-cylindrical geometries, and are highly extensible and non-linear. If he had used blood and realistic models of blood vessels, it is unlikely he would have produced the clear cut results he did.


Arterial Wall Strain Energy Density Arterial Segment Tunica Medium Arterial Elasticity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Barbenel
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  1. 1.Bioengineering UnitUniversity of Strathclyde, Wolfson CentreGlasgowUK

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