An aneurysm is an abnormal growth in the wall of a weakened blood vessel, and can often be fatal upon rupture. Studies have shown that aneurysm shape and hemodynamics, in conjunction with other parameters, play an important role in growth and rupture. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of varying inflow conditions on flow structures in an aneurysm. An idealized rigid sidewall aneurysm model was prepared and the Womersley number (α) and Reynolds number (Re) values were varied from 2 to 5 and 50 to 250, respectively. A ViVitro Labs pump system was used for inflow control and Particle Image Velocimetry was used for conducting velocity measurements. The results showed that the primary vortex path varied with an increase in α, while an increase in Re was correlated to the vortex strength and formation of secondary vortical structures. The evolution and decay of vortical structures were also observed to be dependent on α and Re.

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