Numerical simulation of blood flow in the thoracic aorta using a centerline-fitted finite difference approach

Hiroshi Suito, Takuya Ueda, Daniel Sze

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This paper presents a numerical method to simulate a blood flow in a thoracic aorta. Patient-specific aorta shapes are used in a centerline-fitted curvilinear coordinate system in which the Navier-Stokes equation is discretized using finite-difference approximation with immersed boundary method. The main target of this study is the elucidation of flow fields in the thoracic aorta which is considered to be affecting the development of aneurysms. Swirling flow occurrence is investigated using simplified shapes of pipes with curvature and torsion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-710
Number of pages10
JournalJapan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013



  • Blood flow
  • Curvilinear coordinate
  • Helical pipe
  • Numerical simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering(all)

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