Implementation of a Digital Twinning Approach to Improve Designs of Polyurethane Heart Valves

To design cost-effective polyurethane heart valves, comprehend haemodynamic behaviour, expedite prototype development, and reduce the need for clinical testing for functional evaluation, the implementation of an experimental test digital twinning is essential. A ViVitro CPD (ViVitro Labs Inc., British Columbia, Canada) system, combined with the ViVitest data acquisition system, was used for pulse duplication at the Robert WM Frater Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The application of pulse duplicator digital twinning enabled a rapid evaluation of the valve’s functionality and a determination of the degree of its efficacy in specified environments at a minimal cost.

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