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A model of pulmonary circulation based on Olansen et al. (2000) and Lu et al. (2001). A model of pulmonary circulation in which a right ventricle input pressure pulse drives blood flow through vascular components.

Model number: 0181

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This is a model of pulmonary circulation based on Olansen et al. 
(2000) and Lu et al. (2001). A right ventricle input pressure 
pulse drives blood flow through the following vascular components:
 proximal pulmonary artery, distal pulmonary artery, pulmonary 
arterioles, pumonary capillaries and pulmonary veins. All of 
these compartments are modeled as windkessels, with single 
resistance and compliance parameters. The proximal and distal 
pulmonary artery segments are also characterized with inertance 
Parameter values for distal pulmonary inertance and radial
flow resistance were not provided in Lu et al. (2001)

Figure: Schematic representation of Pulmonary circulation model.


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Lu K, Clark JW, Ghorbel FH, Ware DL, Bidani A. A human cardiopulmonary system model
applied to the analysis of the Valsalva maneuver.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol.
281: H2661-H2679, 2001. 

Olansen JB, Clark JW, Khoury D, Ghorbel F, Bidani A. A closed-loop
model of the canine cardiovascular system that includes ventricular
interaction. Computers and Biomedical Research. 33: 260-295, 2000.

Ohm GS. Die galvanische Kette mathematisch bearbeitet, 1827

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Cardiovascular system, circulatory networks, pulmonary circulation, lumped parameter, Olansen, pulmonary arteries, pulmonary capillaries, pulmonary veins, pulmonary shunt, pulmonary blood flow

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Model development and archiving support at provided by the following grants: NIH U01HL122199 Analyzing the Cardiac Power Grid, 09/15/2015 - 05/31/2020, NIH/NIBIB BE08407 Software Integration, JSim and SBW 6/1/09-5/31/13; NIH/NHLBI T15 HL88516-01 Modeling for Heart, Lung and Blood: From Cell to Organ, 4/1/07-3/31/11; NSF BES-0506477 Adaptive Multi-Scale Model Simulation, 8/15/05-7/31/08; NIH/NHLBI R01 HL073598 Core 3: 3D Imaging and Computer Modeling of the Respiratory Tract, 9/1/04-8/31/09; as well as prior support from NIH/NCRR P41 RR01243 Simulation Resource in Circulatory Mass Transport and Exchange, 12/1/1980-11/30/01 and NIH/NIBIB R01 EB001973 JSim: A Simulation Analysis Platform, 3/1/02-2/28/07.