Biofluid Mechanics Lab in the ICM

The task of the laboratory, founded 1985 by Klaus Affeld, is to apply engineering methods to problems of medicine. The focus here is on fluid mechanics in medicine. The development of new medical products and measurement techniques is just as much a part of this as the use of numerical methods. The laboratory is part of the Institute for Imaging Science and Computational Modelling in Cardiovascular Medicine (ICM) at Charité Center 11 for Cardiovascular Diseases.

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Typical examples of the research areas of the Biofluid Mechanics Lab

  • Development and flow optimization of artificial organs: heart valves and ventricular assist devices
  • Vessel wall changes, haemodynamics and mass transport in natural vessels and capillary networks, flow simulation, blood damage, congenital heart defects
  • Development of visualization methods of near-wall flow: Particle Image Velocimetry, dye erosion method and dye washout