On the Representation of Turbulent Stresses for Computing Blood Damage.

<p>Computational prediction of blood damage has become a crucial tool for evaluating blood-wetted medical devices and pathological hemodynamics. A difficulty arises in predicting blood damage under turbulent flow conditions because the total stress is indeterminate. Common practice uses the Reynolds stress as an estimation of the total stress causing damage to the blood cells. This study investigates the error introduced by making this substitution, and further shows that energy dissipation is a more appropriate metric of blood trauma.</p>