Chaotic advection in a bioengineering system

Ahmet Omurtag, Victor Stickel, Rene Chevray

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Chaotic mixing is applied to the problem of the recovery of fetal cells from the maternal circulation. This is intended as part of a novel method in the prenatal detection of genetic and physical abnormalities in infants. The extremely low concentration of infant cells in the maternal circulation, the fragility of the cells, and the fact that the cells adhere to collecting surfaces only at very low shear rates contribute to the difficulty of this problem. In the fetal cell collector investigated here, a laminar chaotic flow is maintained to increase collection efficiency by continually randomizing the positions of the cells. Numerical simulations show that the infant cells in the chamber come into contact with the collectors (coated with an adhesive antibody in the actual system) and are collected at reasonably high rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 11th Conference on Engineering Mechanics. Part 1 (of 2) - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Duration: May 19 1996May 22 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 11th Conference on Engineering Mechanics. Part 1 (of 2)
CityFort Lauderdale, FL, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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