Mechanical Engineering, University of New South Wales
Based in the University of New South Wales, our research is focused on vascular fluid dynamics, primarily in the areas of arterial stenosis and hemodialysis. We work closely with local hospitals to ensure the relevance of our work and implement both the computational & experimental fluid dynamics methods, with an emphasis on laser-based methods for experiments.
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Our laboratory facilities are located on the second floor of the J18 Willis Annex building at the University of New South Wales. Our measurement systems are primarily laser based, with a time-resolved tomographic PIV system, a stereo PIV system, a microPIV system, a 3D LDA system and various smaller lasers for flow visualization. We have two in-house designed pulsatile flow pumps which are numerically controlled and synced to our measurement systems. We use a combination of NC-milled acrylic models and PDMS cast patient specific models. The fluid is refractive index matched with the model material and some of our models are real scale and some are scaled up for greater optical access. Click for more information
Most of our research simulations are conducted using commercial CFD software tools: ANSYS CFX, Fluent and COMSOL as well as in-house developed codes and open-source codes like OpenFOAM. In addition, we use MATLAB and Tecplot to supplement the simulation results. We use high performance computing through clusters, Gadi and Katana. To process patient specific 3D image data, we use an image segmentation tool Simpleware ScanIP.