Modeling coating flow and surfactant dynamics inside the alveolar compartment

@article{Kang2018ModelingCF,
  title={Modeling coating flow and surfactant dynamics inside the alveolar compartment},
  author={Di Kang and Marina Chugunova and Ali Nadim and Alan J. Waring and Frans J. Walther},
  journal={Journal of Engineering Mathematics},
  year={2018},
  volume={113},
  pages={23-43}
}
We derive a new model for the coating flow inside the alveolar compartment, taking into account pulmonary surfactant production and recycling by Type 2 cells as well as its degradation. As the thickness of alveolar coating is much smaller than the average radius of the alveoli, we employ the classical lubrication approximation to describe the thin liquid film dynamics in the presence of pulmonary surfactant, which is a surface tension-reducing agent and thus prevents the lungs from collapse. In… 

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