可視化情報学会誌
Online ISSN : 1884-037X
Print ISSN : 0916-4731
ISSN-L : 0916-4731
Three-Dimensional Visualization of Blood Flow in Vascular Structures
Tad W. TAYLORHaruka OKINOTakami YAMAGUCHI
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1994 年 14 巻 53 号 p. 116-120_1

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This study uses a flow simulation package on a graphics workstation to simulate the blood flow behavior in an abdominal aortic aneurysm and in the left ventricle (LV) of the heart. Both the simulation package and our own user developed graphics routines were used to view the three dimensional flow patterns. Vessel pressures and shear stresses both inside and outside of the vessel and heart LV could be observed, and our graphics routines allowed us to travel through the vessels. The asymmetric aneurysm was 8.0cm length and the Reynolds number was 700. In the aneurysm center, two symmetric vortices were formed, and flow separation started at the aneurysm inlet. Regions of high pressure were observed at the aneurysm exit caused by the symmetric vortices that were formed. The shear stress was low in the aneurysm portion of the vessel, and local maximum values were observed at the distal aneurysm constriction. A realistic model of the LV of the heart was constructed from a dog heart cast in diastole. The LV walls moved towards the center of the aortic outlet, and the left ventricular wall motion was assumed to follow the blood flow. This technique allowed effects such as cardiac infarction to be implemented, and showed complex flow field formation. In both the aneurysm and heart LV cases, having a three-dimensional graphics capability showed effects that would be difficult to observe with two-dimensional graphics and simulations only.

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