Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death in the world. Some CVD involve severe heart valve disease that require valve replacement. There are more than 300,000 heart valves implanted worldwide, and about 85,000 heart valve replacements in the US. Approximately half of these valves are mechanical. Artificial valves may dysfunction leading to adverse hemodynamic conditions. Understanding the normal and abnormal valve function is important as it help improve valve designs. Modeling of heart valve hemodynamics using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) provides a comprehensive analysis of flow, which can potentially help explain clinical observations and support therapeutic decision-making. This detailed information might not be accessible with in-vivo measurements. On the other hand, finite element analysis (FEA), is an efficient way to analyze the interactions of blood flow with blood vessel and tissue layers. In this project both CFD and FEA simulations were performed to investigate the flow-induced sound generation and propagation of sound waves through a tissue-like material. This method is based on mapping the transient pressure (force) fluctuations on the vessel wall and solving for the structural vibrations in the frequency domain. These vibrations would then be detected as sound on the epidermal surface. Advantages of the methods used in the current study include: (a) capability of providing accurate solution with a faster solution time; (b) inclusion of the fluid–structure interaction between blood flow and the arterial wall; and (c) accurately capturing some of the spectral features of the velocity fluctuation measured over the epidermal surface.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Khalili, Fardin, "Fluid Dynamics Modeling and Sound Analysis of a Bileaflet Mechanical Heart Valve" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5827.