Characterizing small amplitude peristaltic flows with applications to biological fluids
Ruy Ibanez Amador, PhD Qualifying Exam-Advised by Douglas H. Kelley
Monday, August 19, 2019
I present an experimental peristaltic pump capable of studying a diverse set of problems with a focus towards biological applications. The experiment is validated Yin and Fung (1970) analytic solution for the system. Using available observational data of the inner ear I use the experiment to replicate flow conditions found in the cochlea, a section of the inner ear. Using particle imaging velocimetry and simulation tools, I attempt to quantify the importance of fluid flow for the function of the cochlea. Additionally, I show other open scientific questions that my experiment can address. Such as, modeling flows in the glymphatic system, and providing a better understand of the basic physics of small amplitude peristaltic flows.