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Course module: 8VM00
Cardiovascular fluid mechanics
Course info
Course module8VM00
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeGraduate School
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byEindhoven University of Technology; Biomedical Engineering; Cardiovascular Biomechanics;
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Co-lecturer E.M.H. Bosboom
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Subject matter expert F.N. van de Vosse
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Responsible lecturer F.N. van de Vosse
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Contactperson for the course F.N. van de Vosse
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Academic year2017
GS1  (04/09/2017 to 12/11/2017)
Starting block
TimeslotB: B - Mo 5-8, Tu 9-10, We 1-4
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/06/2017 up to and including 27/08/2017
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Registration open for students from other department(s)Yes
Waiting listNo
Number of insufficient tests-
Number of groups of preference0
Learning objectives
The course cardiovascular fluid mechanics focuses on fluid mechanical phenomena that occur in the human cardiovascular system. These phenomena are complex due to non-linear and non-homogeneous properties of the blood and arterial wall, the complex geometry and the pulsatile flow properties.
After a physiological introduction, a short review of the equations governing fluid mechanics is given, including the main concepts determining the constitutive equations for both blood and arterial wall. An important part of the course is dedicated to the description of flow in straight, curved and bifurcating, rigid tubes. With the aid of characteristic dimensionless groups the flow phenomena will be classified and related to specific physiological phenomena in the cardiovascular system. In this way differences between flow in the large arteries and flow in the micro-circulation will be elucidated.

Flow in distensible tubes is characterized by wave propagation of the pressure pulse. Hence, wave propagation including attenuation and reflection of waves at geometrical transitions will be discussed. As blood consists of blood cells suspended in plasma its rheological properties differ from that of a Newtonian fluid. Constitutive relations for Newtonian, non-Newtonian and suspensions will be compared. In addition, the importance of the rheological properties of blood for the microcirculation will be dealt with. Finally, mass transfer at the vessel wall and the influence of tapering will be studied.
Entrance requirements
You must have completed the final examination bsc program exam
Entrance requirements tests
Assumed previous knowledge
• 8VB00 - Transport Physics (recommended)
Previous knowledge can be gained by
Resources for self study
Bachelor College or Graduate School
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Required materials
Recommended materials
Lecture notes
Instructional modes
Guided selfstudy




Written examination
Test weight100
Minimum grade6
Test type-
Number of opportunities2
OpportunitiesBlock GS1, Block GS2
Test duration in minutes-



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