Blood flow in artery with atheroslcerosis

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Zhiyong Li
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Rupture of atherosclerotic plaques without warning is responsible for most acute cardiovascular syndromes such as heart attack and stroke, and many victims who are apparently healthy die suddenly without prior symptoms.

Such deaths could be prevented by surgery or alternative medical therapy if vulnerable plaques were identified earlier in their natural history. Understanding of the fluid flow behaviour of the moving blood can help the assessment of plaque vulnerability to avoid such acute events.

Research activities

  1. medical imaging processing
  2. computational modelling and simulation
  3. mechanical testing
  4. histological analysis


  1. developed patient-specific computational models
  2. blood flow distribution inside the blood vessel
  3. mechanical analysis of the atherosclerosis
  4. better understanding of the link between stress and disease progression

Skills and experience

Mechanical Engineering/biomedical engineering degree

  • interests in computational modelling and simulation
  • interests in cardiovascular diseases
  • interests in medical imaging


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