Chaotic flow in pathologic vessels

Residence time in the cross section of a brain artery close to an aneurysms.

The behaviour of biological fluid flows is often investigated in medical practice to draw conclusions on the physiological or pathological conditions of the considered organs. One area where such investigations are proven to be useful is the flow-related formation and growth of different pathologic malformations of the cerebro-vascular system. In this work, a detailed study is presented on the effect of a cerebral aneurysm on blood transport inside a human brain artery segment. This malformation causes strong flow instabilities that drives the flow system towards chaotic behaviour. The emerging fractal structure and some of its measurable properties have been explored using a method that makes the measurement of these properties feasible even in complicated large three dimensional data sets.

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