A quantitative visualization study of flow in a scaled-up model of a centrifugal blood pump.

Abstract

A quantitative flow visualization study of a scaled-up model of a centrifugal blood pump was performed. Since the size of the scaled-up model was three times as large as the original pump under development, and the kinematic viscosity of the saline solution used as the working fluid was approximately one-third that of the blood, we obtained a similar flow at one twenty-seventh the angular velocity of the original pump. The flow was visualized by seeding the saline solution with neutrally buoyant particles and by illuminating the model with a laser light sheet. Since the gap flow behind the impeller is important for thrombus formation, it was recorded by a high-speed video camera, and the velocity field was evaluated automatically by particle tracking velocimetry. It was shown that in the gap behind the impeller there existed a region where the velocity profile was almost flat which can be called a core region. The results indicated the effectiveness of the present visualization technique for centrifugal blood pumps.

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@article{Ikeda1996AQV, title={A quantitative visualization study of flow in a scaled-up model of a centrifugal blood pump.}, author={Tosiaki Ikeda and Takashi Yamane and Tadashi Orita and Tetsuta Tateishi}, journal={Artificial organs}, year={1996}, volume={20 2}, pages={132-8} }