A vortex method for blood flow through heart valves

M. F. McCracken, C. S. Peskin

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A combination vortex-grid method for solving the two-dimensional, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in regions with complicated internal, elastic boundaries is presented. The authors believe the method to be applicable to the case of at least moderately high Reynolds number flow. The method is applied to the study of blood flow through the mammalian mitral valve. Previous work of Peskin is extended and the conjecture that the behavior of mammalian heart valves is independent of Reynolds number is supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-205
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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