The operating pressures in the right heart are significantly lower than those of the left heart and with marked differences in the circulation impedances. The pulmonary circulation shows a tolerance for mild regurgitation and pressure gradient [1]. Pulmonary regurgitation fractions on the order of 20% and transvalvular pressure gradients of less than 25mm Hg are considered mild [4]. Given this tolerance, we examine the concept of using a motionless valve to regulate flow in the pulmonary position. In a previous study, the use of fluid diodes was shown to be a promising concept for use as a pulmonary valve [2]. In this study, we test two different diode designs. For each diode valve, flow performance was documented as a function of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and compliance. Tests were done using a pulmonary mock circulatory system [3] over the normal adult range of PVR and compliance settings.

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