The effect of the skin friction on the solution of the one-dimensional equations of pulsatile flow in distensible tubes

  • J. H. Gerrard


The one-dimensional equations are used in the calculation of blood flow in arteries. The majority of the treatments use the method of characteristics and because of the nature of the method it is necessary to use a simplified value of the skin friction. A commonly used simplification is to assume the zero frequency value of the skin friction. The effect of the use of this approximation is compared with results using the full linear theory value. It is shown that the phase difference between the skin friction and the flux has an appreciable effect on the velocity wave calculated from a given pressure wave.


Haemodynamics Modelling Pulsatile flow 


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© International Federation for Medical & Biological Engineering 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Gerrard
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  1. 1.Department of the Mechanics of FluidsUniversity of ManchesterEngland

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