Fluid flow in the lung: a survey ; numerical solution for gas mixing in a simple model of the lung ; and experimental study of flow in a thin-walled collapsible tube.
Janiec, Jan David
Hokenson, Gustave J.
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The range of fluid dynamics applications in the lung is vast, encompassing many interesting problems rarely touched in any other single engineering area. A survey of recent work in this field was conducted. Additionally, a numerical solution for gas mixing in a simple model of the lung was developed indicating its application to a wide range of similar problems. Finally, new parameters were experimentally investigated in flow through a thin-walled collapsible tube. Results indicated the effects of the parameters to be significant in the flow of blood in the pulmonary capillaries as controlled by the surrounding aveolar pressure.
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