Blood flow in microvascular networks: a study in nonlinear biology.

  title={Blood flow in microvascular networks: a study in nonlinear biology.},
  author={John B. Geddes and Russell T. Carr and Fan Wu and Yingyi Lao and Meaghan Maher},
  volume={20 4},
Plasma skimming and the Fahraeus-Lindqvist effect are well-known phenomena in blood rheology. By combining these peculiarities of blood flow in the microcirculation with simple topological models of microvascular networks, we have uncovered interesting nonlinear behavior regarding blood flow in networks. Nonlinearity manifests itself in the existence of multiple steady states. This is due to the nonlinear dependence of viscosity on blood cell concentration. Nonlinearity also appears in the form… CONTINUE READING

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