Simulation of the BP-80 blood pump

Nobuo Watanabe, Oezcan Karsak, Frank Neudel, Thomas Kink, Joern Apel, Tetsuo Fujimoto, Helmut Reul, Setsuo Takatani

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


In this study, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis was applied to investigate the flow within a commercially available Biopump, BP-80 (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.). The Biopump was selected because, for this purpose, a great number of experimental hemolysis data is available. The process of geometry representation and grid generation was focused on, due toits high impact on the numerical results. This process incorporated the use of three commercially available software packages for three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D-CAD), grid generation, and solving, respectively. For the purpose of validation, the head/flow characteristics of the pump were experimentally obtained and compared to the computed data. The results showed a rough agreement between CFD data and experimental data. Further investigations should cover detailed shear stress analyses and computation of other hemolysis-related quantities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-739
Number of pages7
JournalArtificial Organs
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Biopump (BP-80)
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Grid generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Simulation of the BP-80 blood pump'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this