|MEE Seminar - Mechanical Instability and Tortuosity of Arteries||12/03/2013 - 2:00pm||
This seminar will be held in Discovery Park Room D212.
Speaker: Dr. Hai-Chao Han
About the Seminar:
The mechanical stability of blood vessels is important for maintaining normal blood flow and vascular function. While it is well known that blood vessels collapse under external pressure, blood vessels are commonly considered to be stable under internal pressure. However, our recent studies showed that increased lumen pressure and reduced axial tension can lead to instability of blood vessels. The theoretical models and experimental results will be presented in this talk. We propose that mechanical buckling could be a possible mechanism in the development of tortuous blood vessels which is associated with aging, hypertension and degenerative diseases in many patients.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Han is a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Solid Mechanics/Biomechanics in 1991 from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China with joint training from the University of California at San Diego under the tutelage of Professor YC Fung.