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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 293128, 18 pages
Research Article

Fluid Structural Analysis of Human Cerebral Aneurysm Using Their Own Wall Mechanical Properties

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, 8370448 Santiago, Chile
2Institute of Neurosurgery Dr. Asenjo, 7500691 Santiago, Chile

Received 29 May 2013; Revised 31 July 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013

Academic Editor: Nestor V. Torres

Copyright © 2013 Alvaro Valencia 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.


Computational Structural Dynamics (CSD) simulations, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation, and Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) simulations were carried out in an anatomically realistic model of a saccular cerebral aneurysm with the objective of quantifying the effects of type of simulation on principal fluid and solid mechanics results. Eight CSD simulations, one CFD simulation, and four FSI simulations were made. The results allowed the study of the influence of the type of material elements in the solid, the aneurism’s wall thickness, and the type of simulation on the modeling of a human cerebral aneurysm. The simulations use their own wall mechanical properties of the aneurysm. The more complex simulation was the FSI simulation completely coupled with hyperelastic Mooney-Rivlin material, normal internal pressure, and normal variable thickness. The FSI simulation coupled in one direction using hyperelastic Mooney-Rivlin material, normal internal pressure, and normal variable thickness is the one that presents the most similar results with respect to the more complex FSI simulation, requiring one-fourth of the calculation time.