Pumping patterns and work done during peristalsis in finite-length elastic tubes

Shashank Acharya, Wenjun Kou, Sourav Halder, Dustin A. Carlson, Peter J. Kahrilas, John E. Pandolfino, Neelesh A. Patankar*

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Balloon dilation catheters are often used to quantify the physiological state of peristaltic activity in tubular organs and comment on their ability to propel fluid which is important for healthy human function. To fully understand this system's behavior, we analyzed the effect of a solitary peristaltic wave on a fluid-filled elastic tube with closed ends. A reduced order model that predicts the resulting tube wall deformations, flow velocities, and pressure variations is presented. This simplified model is compared with detailed fluid-structure three-dimensional (3D) immersed boundary (IB) simulations of peristaltic pumping in tube walls made of hyperelastic material. The major dynamics observed in the 3D simulations were also displayed by our one-dimensional (1D) model under laminar flow conditions. Using the 1D model, several pumping regimes were investigated and presented in the form of a regime map that summarizes the system's response for a range of physiological conditions. Finally, the amount of work done during a peristaltic event in this configuration was defined and quantified. The variation of elastic energy and work done during pumping was found to have a unique signature for each regime. An extension of the 1D model is applied to enhance patient data collected by the device and find the work done for a typical esophageal peristaltic wave. This detailed characterization of the system's behavior aids in better interpreting the clinical data obtained from dilation catheters. Additionally, the pumping capacity of the esophagus can be quantified for comparative studies between disease groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071001
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Elastic tube flow
  • Esophagus
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Immersed boundary method
  • Peristalsis
  • Reduced-order modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)
  • Biomedical Engineering


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