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Advances in Mechanical Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 140579, 6 pages
Research Article

FSI Simulation of Common Carotid under Normal and High Blood Pressures

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Manipal 576104, India
2Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imaging, KMC, Manipal 576104, India
3Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, KMC, Manipal 576104, India

Received 30 April 2012; Accepted 14 October 2012

Academic Editor: Hakan F. Oztop

Copyright © 2012 S. M. Abdul Khader et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There has been a tremendous progress in most of the computational domains in recent times. One of the key areas is analyzing the complex interaction of blood flow through elastic artery. Such study will aid in predicting the progression and behaviour of diseases like atherosclerosis and hypertension. In the present investigation, a simple straight common carotid artery having an eccentric blockage is analyzed for normal as well as high blood pressure condition. The clinical data has been obtained from ultrasound measurements on a volunteer patient and a model is generated, ANSYS, a commercially available Finite Element Analysis software. The ANSYS Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) solver is used to perform the coupled field transient analysis for three pulse cycles and the obtained results demonstrate the pulsatile flow. The simulation shows that the influence of hypertension has high deformation than normal case, severely altering the flow dynamics in downstream of the stenosis. The results obtained agree very well with available clinical observation of normal blood pressure condition.