Numerical simulation of air flow in a model of lungs with mouth cavity
Department of Thermodynamics and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 2896/2, 616 69, Brno
The air flow in a realistic geometry of human lung is simulated with computational flow dynamics approach as stationary inspiration. Geometry used for the simulation includes oral cavity, larynx, trachea and bronchial tree up to the seventh generation of branching. Unsteady RANS approach was used for the air flow simulation. Velocities corresponding to 15, 30 and 60 litres/min of flow rate were set as boundary conditions at the inlet to the model. These flow rates are frequently used as a representation of typical human activities. Character of air flow in the model for these different flow rates is discussed with respect to future investigation of particle deposition.
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