Optimisation of a Novel Spiral-Inducing Bypass Graft Using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Published in Nature (Sci Reports)

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Graft failure is currently a major concern for medical practitioners in treating
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). It is now
widely accepted that unfavourable haemodynamic conditions play an essential role in the formation and development of intimal hyperplasia, which is the main cause of graft failure. This paper uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to conduct a parametric study to enhance the design and performance of a novel prosthetic graft, which utilises internal ridge(s) to induce spiral flow. This design is primarily based on the identification of the blood flow as spiral in the whole arterial system and is believed to improve the graft longevity and patency rates at distal graft anastomoses. Four different design parameters were assessed in this work and the trailing edge orientation of the ridge was identified as the most important parameter to induce physiological swirling flow, while the height of the ridge also significantly contributed to the enhanced performance of this type of graft. Building on these conclusions, an enhanced configuration of spiral graft is proposed and compared against conventional and spiral grafts to reaffirm its potential benefits.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1865
JournalScientific Reports
Early online date12 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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