The characterization of blood flow is important to establish links between the hemodynamics and the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. This study describes the development of a 3-D computational model able to predict the blood flow along the abdominal aorta, including the renal and iliac branches. Upstream branches in the abdominal aorta lead to more complex flow patterns downstream, intensifying reverse and asymmetric flow patterns. The focus is on the occurrence of reverse flow and the perturbations in blood flow patterns originated by the branches. Results show regions of recirculation in the walls of the abdominal aorta, renal and iliac branches. It is concluded that, the renal branches induces perturbations in blood flow and result in asymmetric velocity profiles.

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