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Mike’s paper is accepted for publication in JTCVS Open

September 15, 2020

Mike’s paper with Robert and others, Bioprosthetic aortic valve diameter and thickness are directly related to leaflet fluttering: Results from a combined experimental and computational modeling study, has been accepted to appear in JTCVS Open, the open-access mirror of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. This study demonstrates that bioprosthetic heart valves with smaller diameters and/or thicker leaflets generate higher fluttering frequencies in experimental and computational pulse duplicators. Because fluttering can impair the durability of flexible structures, extensions of this work may ultimately lead to new device design targets or selection guidelines to improve the durability of valve replacement.

Congratulations, Mike!

Jianhua’s paper is accepted for publication in Journal of Computational Physics

August 27, 2020

Jianhua’s paper with Amin, An immersed interface-lattice Boltzmann method for fluid-structure interaction, has been accepted to appear in Journal of Computational Physics. (A preprint is available on the arXiv.) This paper develops what is, so far as we know, the first extension of the immersed interface method to lattice Boltzmann method-based descriptions of fluid flows.

Congratulations, Jianhua!

Congratulations to Drs. Fuhui Fang and Mike Lee!

July 16, 2020

Congratulations to Fuhui Fang and Mike Lee for successfully completing their PhDs.

Fuhui’s thesis is on Numerical Advances for Fluid-Structure Interactions in Entangled Polymer Solutions with Applications to Active Microbead Rheology. Fuhui will be starting a position at Microsoft in the Fall.

Mike’s thesis is on Simulating In Vitro Models of Cardiovascular Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods, Models, and Applications. Mike is off to a postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Computational Medicine.

Good luck, Fuhui and Mike!

Ben’s paper is accepted for publication in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

March 2, 2020

Ben’s paper, Stabilization Approaches for the Hyperelastic Immersed Boundary Method for Problems of Large-Deformation Incompressible Elasticity, has been accepted to appear in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. (A preprint is available on the arXiv.) This paper proposes a simple stabilization that resembles approaches from nearly incompressible solid mechanics to improve the volume conservation of the immersed finite element method, as demonstrated by its performance in widely used benchmark problems of incompressible hyperelasticity adapted from the solid mechanics literature, along with fully dynamic FSI applications, including a large-scale model of esophageal transport.

Congratulations, Ben!

Charles’ paper is accepted for publication in Journal of Computational Physics

December 22, 2019

Charles’ paper, A Sharp Interface Method for an Immersed Viscoelastic Solid, has been accepted to appear in Journal of Computational Physics. (A preprint is available on the arXiv.) This paper develops an extension of the hyperelastic immersed boundary method that sharply resolves pressure discontinuities at fluid-structure interfaces by modifying the definition of the elastic stress tensor associated with the hyperelastic material response. Unlike most other sharp-interface immersed boundary methods, however, this approach allows us to use standard discretization methods that are “oblivious” to the presence of the pressure discontinuity. Numerical tests show the impact of the method on the accuracy of the overall scheme, and an approach is developed that allows us to compute the splitting efficiently.

Congratulations to Dr. Yanni Lai!

December 15, 2019

Congratulations to Yanni Lai for successfully completing her PhD. Yanni’s thesis was on Multigrid Methods for the Bidomain Equations. Yanni has already started a position at Amazon in Seattle. Good luck, Yanni!

Mike’s paper is accepted for publication in Annals of Biomedical Engineering

December 14, 2019

Mike’s paper, Fluid-Structure Interaction Models of Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Dynamics in an Experimental Pulse Duplicator, has been accepted to appear in Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (A preprint is available on engrXiv.) This paper uses IBAMR’s version of the immersed finite element method to simulate the dynamics of bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs) in the aortic test section of experimental pulse duplicator systems. An initial experimental validation of the models is demonstrated through comparisons to data on pressures, flow rates, and leaflet kinematics. The paper also contrasts the flow patterns and leaflet strains and stresses generated by porcine tissue and bovine pericardial BHVs, and demonstrates the ability of the model to capture the large scale flow features.

Congratulations, Mike!

Ben Vadala-Roth completes his oral exam

September 6, 2019

Congratulations to Ben Vadala-Roth, who successfully completed his oral qualifying exam on stabilization methods that improve the accuracy of nonlinear solid mechanics formulations used in the immersed finite element method and their application to modeling bicuspid aortic valves!

Yanni Lai defends her PhD thesis

August 16, 2019

Congratulations to Yanni Lai for successfully defending her thesis, Multigrid Methods for the Bidomain Equations! Yanni is now finishing up some final revisions to her written thesis as the last step before completing her PhD requirements.