Simulation of Blood Flow through the Mitral Valve of the Heart

D.M. Espino[1], M.A. Watkins[1], D.E.T. Shepherd[1], D.W.L. Hukins[1], and K.G. Buchan[2]
[1] University of Birmingham
[2] Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

A two-dimensional FSI model of the mitral valve was generated, using an ALE mesh, where valve closure was simulated using contact equations.

The simulation predicted a large vortex behind the anterior leaflet during inflow of blood into the left ventricle, in agreement with MRI scans available in the literature. Leaflet deformations agreed with results from experiments in the literature and with our previous experimental results.

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