Rheology and microscopic behavior of red blood cell suspensions

  • Timm Krüger


In this chapter, the rheology of red blood cell (RBC) suspensions is investigated numerically. In particular, the focus of the study is on the relation between the microscopic characteristics of the suspension (e.g., particle deformation, alignment, rotation, and diffusivity) and the rheology (e.g., viscosity and suspension stress). For the first time, a detailed and systematic analysis of the microscopic origins of the shear thinning behavior of blood for varying volume fractions, shear rates, and RBC deformabilities is reported.


Shear Rate Capillary Number Mean Square Displacement Inertia Tensor Weissenberg Number 
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© Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timm Krüger
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  1. 1.DüsseldorfGermany

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