Oscillatory Flow Theory

  • Nicolaas Westerhof
  • Nikolaos Stergiopulos
  • Mark I. M. Noble


The pressure-flow relation for steady flow, where only frictional losses are considered (resistance, law of Poiseuille), and the relation between oscillatory or pulsatile pressure and flow when only blood mass (inertance) is taken into consideration, are simplifications of reality.


Strouhal Number Flow Profile Oscillatory Flow Frictional Loss Pulsatile Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolaas Westerhof
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Stergiopulos
    • 2
  • Mark I. M. Noble
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Physiology and Pulmonology ICaR-VUVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular TechnologySwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cardiovascular MedicineAberdeen UniversityAberdeenScotland

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