Introduction Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) are becoming the gold standard treatment for end stage heart failure [1]. However, many of these post-surgical complications are related to damage to the blood components by the fluid dynamic stress in the mechanical pump. To date, most numerical models for blood damage are functions of the scalar shear stress (SSS) [2], the second invariant of the strain rate, Sij, in analogy with von Mises Stress. Since rotary VADs are assumed to exert mainly shear stress, the data for these models is obtained from Taylor-Couette flow experiments which create shear stress on the blood. However, alternative experimental data show the existence of elongational stress alongside shear stress that deform cells differently [3]. So the aim of this work was to assess the accuracy of the assumption and significance of elongational stress, in comparison with shear stress in rotary VADs using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Event23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics - Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingeniena, Unversidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


Conference23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
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