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An interdisciplinary approach in which engineering technologies and a combination of computational and dynamic techniques are used to solve real world clinical and industrial problems in the field of vascular flow.

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Competitive advantage

  • Close collaboration and established relationships with hospitals and local health organisations to ensure the work is relevant, solves the right problem, and is gaining useful results
  • Cutting-edge research, driven by clinical issues and medical questions
  • Global recognition in high-impact journals


  • The work is insightful and builds on fundamental findings in flow physics. It falls into three broad areas: dialysis vascular access, stenosis and stents, and medical imaging/ultrasound. Although new knowledge usually takes an average of 17 years to enter healthcare delivery, the high level of collaboration has been shown to deliver immediate impact.

Successful outcomes

  • Findings have changed stent implantation practice amongst surgeons
  • Developed a model using Computer Fluid Dynamic modelling and Matlab to reproduce ultrasound indices used in determining the health of the in-utero baby

Capabilities and facilities

  • Obtaining reliable data and running models—primarily using ANSYS Fluent—on the local and off-site computing clusters
  • Experimental laboratory with laser systems, including 3D laser doppler anemometry and planar, stereo and tomographic particle imaging velocimetry
  • Use of two in-house designed pulsatile flow pumps
  • In-house developed freehand ultrasound system allows the building of accurate, 3D representations of vasculature using only B-mode imaging

Our partners

  • The Royal Hospital for Women
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Private Hospital
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Abbott Vascular Pty Ltd
  • Medtronic Pty Ltd