The secondary impeller of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovative Ventricular Assist System heart pump is designed to pump the blood from the journal bearing through the annulus back to the discharge to rejoin the main flow. It is crucial, however, that the amount of hemolysis and potential for thrombus formation is minimized. Based on our earlier computational fluid analysis of the initial design, an improved secondary impeller has been proposed. The objective of this work was to analyze the flow with the new impeller configuration by computational fluid dynamics and to find out where in the geometry hemolysis becomes high, as well as where the potential for thrombosis exists. The present work includes: 1) visualizing the 3-dimensional flow pattern in the secondary impeller cavity, 2) investigating the tip clearance effect, and 3) estimating the shear stress distribution as a measure for blood damage caused in the secondary impeller cavity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering