Blood Flow at Arterial Branches: Complexities to Resolve for the Angioplasty Suite

  • P. D. Richardson
  • I. V. Pivkin
  • G. E. Karniadakis
  • D. H. Laidlaw
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3993)


This paper presents a case of interdisciplinary collaboration in building and using a set of tools to compute the flows in a branched artery, to compare them with prior physical flow visualization, and to interpret them with further users in mind. The geometry was taken for a typical epicardial coronary artery with a side branch. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations were solved with the hybrid spectral/hp element solver Nektar. Some simulations were visualized in the CAVE, an immersive 3D stereo display environment, and selected features are described and interpreted.


Side Branch Vortex Line Arterial Branch Tube Section Secondary Motion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. D. Richardson
    • 1
  • I. V. Pivkin
    • 2
  • G. E. Karniadakis
    • 2
  • D. H. Laidlaw
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Engineering 
  2. 2.Division of Applied Mathematics 
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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