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Artificial organs and measurement methods

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Biofluid Mechanics Laboratory

The task of the laboratory, founded in 1985 by Klaus Affeld, is to apply engineering methods to issues in medicine. The focus is on fluid mechanics in medicine. The development of new medical products (i.a. artificial organs) and measuring techniques is just as much a part of this as the use of numerical methods in flow simulation.


PD Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Kertzscher

Experimental Fluid Mechanics

CVK: Campus Virchow-Klinikum

Development and flow optimisation of artificial organs

Experimental set-up for the "ShuttlePump" cardiac support system
  • Heart valves
  • Heart support systems
  • Blood pumps

Development of measurement technology, flow visualisation methods and bioreactors

PIV examination of an artificial heart ventricle flow
  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV, near wall PIV)
  • Colour erosion method
  • Colour washout method
  • Blood model for flow visualisation
  • Low-stress non-invasive blood pressure measurement
  • Bioreactor for antibiotic resistance prevention through treatment simulation
  • Aerosol dispersion

Examples of applied methods

Modeling of thrombus growth rate for cardiac support system
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI)
  • Experimental blood flow simulation (alginate beads)
  • Experimental and numerical blood damage
  • Experimental and numerical platelet attachment