Augmented Diffusion in Flowing Blood

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W. A. Hyman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

J. Eng. Ind 97(1), 58-60 (Feb 01, 1975) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438591 History: Received July 26, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


An analysis of the simultaneous action of Brownian diffusion and diffusion induced by red blood cell rotation is presented in order to illustrate the form of the combined effect of these two processes. The results indicate a nonlinear combination such that the effective diffusion coefficient is smaller than that obtained by linear addition of the separate processes. The dependence of the effective diffusion coefficient on shear rate is also obtained.

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