Research

The research of our group is most versatile, but all research tracks explored by our past and present Master and PhD students relate to the study of (fluid) mechanical aspects of and transport processes in a native organ or system, in artificial organs and prosthetic devices. We hereby strive towards integration of research at different levels - often starting from a clinical problem or question - and combining computer modelling (from simple lumped parameter models to full 3D-simulation of biomechanical and fluid-structure interaction problems), experimental (hydraulic and test bench) work and in vivo data to explore and unravel the problem. As such, our work combines basic engineering with applied biomedical and clinical research. The final goal can be a better understanding of a patho-physiological problem, a better quantification (and diagnosis) of the function of an (artificial) organ or system, or design of new or improved medical devices for a better patient treatment.

We refer to our finalized PhD's to get an overview of the research topics that we have successfully covered in the past. Our ongoing research topics, studied by our present researchers, PhD students and post-docs, can be roughly divided into the following themes: