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Author(s): Sousa, PC
Rui Vaz
António Cerejo
M. S. N. Oliveira
Alves, MA
F. T. Pinho
Title: Rheological behavior of human blood in uniaxial extensional flow
Issue Date: 2018-01-23
Abstract: We present an investigation of the rheological behavior of whole human blood under uniaxial extensional flow. For that purpose, capillary breakup experiments were carried out by combining the slow retraction method, high-speed imaging techniques, and an immiscible oil bath. The use of the oil bath was aimed at reducing liquid loss by evaporation and to reduce light refraction effects, thus allowing the visualization of the blood cells during the filament thinning. Extensional relaxation times were measured in whole blood samples collected from a total of 13 healthy adult volunteers from both genders, with hematocrit levels between 38.7% and 46.3%. For this range of red blood cell concentrations, the variation of the extensional relaxation time is small, with the average extensional relaxation times measured in air and in oil being 114 +/- 30 and 259 +/- 47 mu s, respectively. An increase of the red blood cells concentration leads to an increase of the bulk viscosity of the sample, which delays the thinning of the filament and consequently the time to breakup. In addition, blood aging was found to reduce the relaxation time while the absence of anticoagulant increases it significantly. (C) 2018 The Society of Rheology.
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
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