The numerical design of a parallel plate flow chamber for investigation of endothelial cell response to shear stress

Bong Jae Chung, A. M. Robertson, D. G. Peters

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Parallel plate chambers are frequently used to examine the response of biological cells to a constant wall shear stress. However, the stress can vary more than 80% across the chamber due to end effects. Earlier estimates of the magnitude of this inhomogeneity used boundary layer theory and experiments. Here, the full equations for steady, three-dimensional flow in a novel parallel plate device were solved numerically and used to identify an active test region where the shear stress is within 5% of a constant value. Endothelial cells can be confined to this region to assure a nearly uniform shear stress exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-546
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number8-11
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003



  • Active test region
  • Endothelial cells
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Parallel plate device
  • Shear stress

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