A steady flow analysis on the stented and non-stented sidewall aneurysm models

Med Eng Phys. 1999 Apr;21(3):133-41. doi: 10.1016/s1350-4533(99)00037-5.


As part of a general investigation on the effects of blood flow patterns in sidewall aneurysm, in vitro steady flow studies on rigid aneurysm models have been conducted using Particle Image Velocimetry over a range of Reynolds number from 200 to 1600. Above Reynolds number 700, one large recirculating vortex would be formed, occupying the entire aneurysmal pouch. The centre of the vortex is located at region near to the distal neck. A pair of counter rotating vortices would however be formed at Reynolds numbers below 700. For all the aneurysm models considered, the vortex strength, in general, is stronger at higher Reynolds numbers but lower at larger aneurysm size. Maximum strength of the vortex is about 15% of the bulk mean velocity in the upstream parent tube. Estimates of the wall shear stresses are derived from the near wall velocity measurements. Highest level of wall shear stresses always appears at the distal neck of the aneurysmal pouch. Stents and springs of different porosity have been used to dampen the flow movement inside the aneurysm so as to induce the possible formation of thrombosis. It is found that the flow movement inside the aneurysmal pouch can be suppressed to less than 5% of the bulk mean velocity by both devices. Furthermore, regions of high wall shear stresses at the distal neck could also be suppressed by almost 90%. The present results would be useful for further improvements in stent (or spring) technology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm / physiopathology*
  • Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Blood Flow Velocity
  • Hemodynamics
  • Hemorheology / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Models, Cardiovascular*
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Stents*