(1) Background: shape, dimension, hemodynamics, and hemocompatibility are just a few of the several challenging key points that must be addressed in designing any suitable solution for the ventricular chamber of mechanical circulatory support devices. A preliminary evaluation of different geometries of bellow‐like ventricular chambers is herein proposed. The chambers were made with a polycarbonate urethane that is acknowledged to be a hemocompatible polymer. (2) Methods: an explicit dynamic computational analysis was performed. The actuation of the three chambers was simulated without the presence of an internal fluid. Maximum stress and strain values were identified, as well as the most critical regions. Geometric changes were checked during simulated motion to verify that the dimensional constraints were satisfied. (3) Results: one chamber appeared to be the best solution compared to the others, since its dimensional variations were negligible, and effective stresses and strains did not reach critical values. (4) Conclusions: the identification of the best geometric solution will allow proceeding with further experimental studies. Fluid–structure interactions and fatigue analyses were investigated.

Preliminary Computational Analysis of Three Configurations for an Innovative Ventricular Chamber

Candela, Valentina;Todesco, Martina;Visentin, Alberto;Meneghetti, Giovanni;Fabozzo, Assunta;Gerosa, Gino;Bagno, Andrea
2020

Abstract

(1) Background: shape, dimension, hemodynamics, and hemocompatibility are just a few of the several challenging key points that must be addressed in designing any suitable solution for the ventricular chamber of mechanical circulatory support devices. A preliminary evaluation of different geometries of bellow‐like ventricular chambers is herein proposed. The chambers were made with a polycarbonate urethane that is acknowledged to be a hemocompatible polymer. (2) Methods: an explicit dynamic computational analysis was performed. The actuation of the three chambers was simulated without the presence of an internal fluid. Maximum stress and strain values were identified, as well as the most critical regions. Geometric changes were checked during simulated motion to verify that the dimensional constraints were satisfied. (3) Results: one chamber appeared to be the best solution compared to the others, since its dimensional variations were negligible, and effective stresses and strains did not reach critical values. (4) Conclusions: the identification of the best geometric solution will allow proceeding with further experimental studies. Fluid–structure interactions and fatigue analyses were investigated.
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