The Application of quantitative oil streaking to the HeartQuest left ventricular assist device
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Methods of flow visualization using oil streaking are established techniques for investigating surface shear and near wall flow patterns. Recent studies have used an array of oil dots on a surface which form streaks when exposed to shear forces. This method is generally qualitative, but it is possible to make quantitative measurements of the shear if the oil streaks have been calibrated. This paper presents the application of a quantitative oil streak method to the HeartQuest left ventricular assist device (LVAD). An array of dots was applied to the top housing of the pump, yielding quantitative values for the shear and qualitative patterns of the near wall flow in that region. The results were used to locate regions likely to promote thrombosis, such as stagnation points or recirculation regions. Regions of high shear, where hemolysis might occur, also can be identified with this method. In addition to being an important design technique, quantitative oil streaking assisted in the verification of computational fluid dynamics results within the HeartQuest LVAD.