Flow visualisation study of spiral flow in the aorta–renal bifurcation

David Fulker*, Ashkan Javadzadegan, Zuming Li, Tracie Barber

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The aim of this study was to analyse the flow dynamics in an idealised model of the aorta–renal bifurcation using flow visualisation, with a particular focus on the effect of aorta-to-renal flow ratio and flow spirality. The recirculation length was longest when there was low flow in the renal artery and smaller in the presence of spiral flow. The results also indicate that patients without spiral flow or who have low flow in the renal artery due to the presence of stenosis may be susceptible to heightened development of atherosclerotic lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1438-1441
Number of pages4
JournalComputer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017


  • renal artery
  • recirculation
  • spiral flow


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