A Multiphysics Model of Capillary Growth and Remodeling

  • Dominik Szczerba
  • Gábor Székely
  • Haymo Kurz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3992)


We report on an enhanced computational framework for simulating flow-tissue interactions that significantly expands the capabilities of our previous model [1]. We adhere to the basic structural concept of the so-called intussusceptive growth and remodeling which does not only generate capillaries and terminal vessels but also rebuilds them into a highly perfused system [2]. Present enhancements comprise calculation and visualization in three dimensions, refined tissue and fluid mechanics, and the transport of molecules that act as biochemical growth or signaling factors. Our present model explains formation of capillary meshes and bifurcations, and the emergence of feeding and draining microvessels in an interdigitating pattern that avoids arterio-venous shunts. In addition, it predicts detailed hydrodynamic properties and transport characteristics for oxygen, metabolites or signaling molecules. In comparison to the previous work, the complexity of our approach is dramatically increased by using a multiphysics modeling environment, where many independent computational components are combined and the data structure is unified.


Capillary Plexus Medical Image Computing Venous Branch Capillary Growth Multiphysics Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominik Szczerba
    • 1
  • Gábor Székely
    • 1
  • Haymo Kurz
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Vision LabETHZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Anatomy and Cell BiologyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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