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Prof. Yecko Presents Paper at 68th Annual APS Meeting

POSTED ON: November 22, 2015

Prof. Yecko and ME student Andrew Wentzel co-author paper titled "Visualization of pulsatile flow for magnetic nanoparticle based therapies" and Prof. Yecko presented at American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics 68th Annual Meeting, Boston MA.


Pulsatile flow of blood through branched, curved, stenosed, dilated or otherwise perturbed vessels is more complex than flow through a straight, uniform and rigid tube. In some magnetic hyperthermia and magnetic chemo-therapies, localized regions of magnetic nanoparticle laden fluid are deliberately formed in blood vessels and held in place by magnetic fields. The effect of localized magnetic fluid regions on blood flow and the effect of the pulsatile blood flow on such magnetic fluid regions are poorly understood and difficult to examine (it in vivo) or by numerical simulation. We present a laboratory model that facilitates both dye tracer and particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) studies of pulsatile flow of water through semi-flexible tubes in the presence of localized magnetic fluid regions. Results on the visualization of flows over a range of Reynolds and Womersley numbers and for several different (water-based) ferrofluids are compared for straight and curved vessels and for different magnetic localization strategies. These results can guide the design of improved magnetic cancer therapies..

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