Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Arterial gas emboli are potentially fatal vasculature blockages caused by bubbles. To analyze arterial bubble behavior, a bench top vasculature model was filled with a gravity-fed, 60% glycerol-water solution which closely simulates the flow characteristics of human blood. By injecting air into the model through three different sizes of tubing, three distinct bubble sizes were generated and analyzed. It was determined that low Reynolds numbers accompanied by increasing bubble radius, reduced bubble velocity and low Bond numbers increased bubble buoyancy.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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