ChBE Seminar Series: Timothy W. Secomb
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Room 2110 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg.
Professor Panagiotis Dimitrakopoulos
Mechanics of Blood Flow in the Microcirculation
Timothy W. Secomb
Departments of Physiology and Mathematics
University of Arizona
The term 'microcirculation' refers to the terminal branches of the circulatory system, with diameters ranging from a few micron to a few hundred micron. The flow properties of blood are strongly influenced by the presence of a large volume fraction of suspended red blood cells, which undergo large deformations as they flow through the microcirculation. The presence of a layer of macromolecules lining microvessel walls also has strong effects on flow. This talk will focus on theoretical approaches that have yielded insight into flow phenomena occurring in the microcirculation.