A frequency domain approach that incorporates a matched filter was examined for discriminating between ordered velocity fluctuations with band-limited frequency content and random velocity variations in pulsatile disturbed flows. Fluctuations at pseudo-discrete frequencies may yield a significant contribution to the apparent stress tensor computed from the unsteady Navier Stokes equations, and an estimate of the stresses arising from these ordered structures can be obtained once the velocity variations have been decomposed. This type of decomposition permits the estimation of the apparent stresses in turbulent flows, consisting of coherent and random parts, in blood flow applications such as diseased constricted arteries or downstream of artificial heart valves.

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