Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

In an attempt to better understand the behavior of gas emboli, a bench top vascular bifurcation model was designed and manufactured. The model represented physiological parameters of arteries and arterioles, resulting in an accurate portrayal of likely bubble behavior in the body. To further achieve realistic properties, a 60% glycerin-water solution was prepared to match relevant physiological Reynolds and Capillary numbers. By investigating various flow rates, roll angles, and bubble geometries, the findings indicate that all of these factors influence the emboli transport.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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