A mathematical model of valveless pumping: a lumped model with time-dependent compliance, resistance, and inertia. (English) Zbl 1296.92099

Summary: A new lumped model of flow driven by pumping without valves is presented, motivated by biomedical applications: the circulation of the human fetus before the development of the heart valves and mechanism of blood flow during the external cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The phenomenon of existence of a unidirectional net flow around a loop of tubing that consists of two different compliances is called valveless pumping. The lumped parameter model of valveless pumping in this paper is governed by the ordinary differential equations for pressure and flow, with time-dependent compliance, resistance, and inertia. This simple model can represent the essential features of valveless pumping we observed in earlier mathematical models and physical experiments of valveless pumping. We demonstrate that not only parameters of the driving function, such as frequency or amplitude, but also physical parameters, such as wall thickness and tube stiffness, are important in determining the direction and magnitude of a net flow. In this system, we report two new and interesting phenomena of valveless pumping: One is that the shifted peak frequency can be predicted by the pulsewave speed and the other is that time-dependent resistance is a crucial factor in generating valveless pumping. We also demonstrate that this lumped model can be extended to a one-dimensional flow model of valveless pumping and explain why a linear case, the case of the constant compliance, resistance, and inertia, generates almost zero net flow. This emphasizes that the nonlinearity of valveless pumping is also an important factor to generate a net flow in a closed loop model of valveless pumping.


92C35 Physiological flow
76Z05 Physiological flows
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