Effect of red blood cell shape on oxygen transport in capillaries.

  title={Effect of red blood cell shape on oxygen transport in capillaries.},
  author={Chun Hui Wang and Aleksander S. Popel},
  journal={Mathematical biosciences},
  volume={116 1},
A mathematical model of oxygen (O2) transport within a capillary utilizes axisymmetric red blood cell (RBC) shapes that were predicted theoretically by Zarda et al. in 1977. Chemical kinetics and both free and facilitated diffusion of O2 are accounted for in this time-dependent model. The finite-element method is used to solve the governing partial differential equations. It is found that the shape of RBCs, characterized by the shape parameter theta adapted from Zarda et al., affects such… CONTINUE READING


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