We investigated the flow fields associated with the Bjork-Shiley Monostrut mechanical heart valve in the mitral position of the 50 cc Penn State left ventricular assist device. The valve orientation was adjusted whereby flow field data was collected using planar particle image velocimetry. The mitral valve was rotated from 0 to 45 degrees, in 15-degree increments. For each valve orientation, measurements were made in three planes (3, 5, and 8 mm from the front wall) parallel to the device pusher plate. Penetration of the inlet jet was affected by the valve orientation with more intense and longer duration wall washing motion occurring at 45 degrees. As a result, the 45-degree mitral valve orientation is recommended to help prevent areas of thrombus deposition. Valve orientation is an important aspect of assist device design.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering