On the Periodicity of Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Simulations

Ann Biomed Eng. 2021 Dec;49(12):3574-3592. doi: 10.1007/s10439-021-02796-x. Epub 2021 Jun 24.


Three-dimensional cardiovascular fluid dynamics simulations typically require computation of several cardiac cycles before they reach a periodic solution, rendering them computationally expensive. Furthermore, there is currently no standardized method to determine whether a simulation has yet reached that periodic state. In this work, we propose the use of an asymptotic error measurement to quantify the difference between simulation results and their ideal periodic state using open-loop lumped-parameter modeling. We further show that initial conditions are crucial in reducing computational time and develop an automated framework to generate appropriate initial conditions from a one-dimensional model of blood flow. We demonstrate the performance of our initialization method using six patient-specific models from the Vascular Model Repository. In our examples, our initialization protocol achieves periodic convergence within one or two cardiac cycles, leading to a significant reduction in computational cost compared to standard methods. All computational tools used in this work are implemented in the open-source software platform SimVascular. Automatically generated initial conditions have the potential to significantly reduce computation time in cardiovascular fluid dynamics simulations.

Keywords: 0D modeling; 1D modeling; Boundary conditions; Cardiovascular fluid dynamics; Initial conditions; Lumped-parameter networks; Patient-specific modeling; Reduced-order modeling; Repository.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Flow Velocity
  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena*
  • Hemodynamics*
  • Humans
  • Hydrodynamics*
  • Models, Cardiovascular*
  • Periodicity
  • Software