Steady Blood Flow Through a 3D Bifurcating Artery Using Ansys Fluent

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Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has forced changes to our eating habits, including, for some, the consumption of more fast-foods.

These are usually highly processed and contain large amounts of sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium. Unhealthy eating habits are detrimental and might lead to the formation of plaque inside arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque formation may narrow and block (in extreme cases) the arteries and adversely affect the blood flow in them. The study of blood flow through arteries can help understand the level of plaque formation inside the artery. In such scenarios, it is important to understand the velocity, pressure, and wall shear stress to determine the efficiency of blood flow. Monitoring these parameters is critical to administering the right medical treatment. Simulation can help doctors, medical practitioners, and the medical devices industry to understand the underlying causes and to design bio-medical solutions to alleviate these health conditions.

This SimCafe course was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation at Cornell University, and Keith Alexander Works, in partnership with Ansys. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. In this course, we learn to model the blood flow through the artery by following the end-to-end workflow in Ansys Fluent.

Cornell University also offers a Fluid Dynamics Simulations Using Ansys online certificate authored by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran. Learn more here: https://ecornell.cornell.edu/fluiddynamics

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