Biomechanical assessment of bicuspid aortic valve phenotypes: a fluid-structure interaction modelling approach

Diana Cruz De Oliveira, Nazirul Abdullah, Naomi Green, Daniel Espino

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Purpose: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a congenital heart malformation with phenotypic heterogeneity. There is no prior computational study that assesses the haemodynamic and valve mechanics associated with BAV type 2 against a healthy tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) and other BAV categories.

Methods: A proof-of-concept study incorporating three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction (FSI) models with idealised geometries (one TAV and six BAVs, namely type 0 with lateral and anterior-posterior orientations, type 1 with R-L, N-R and N-L leaflet fusion and type 2) has been developed. Transient physiological boundary conditions have been applied and simulations were run using an Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian formulation.

Results: Our results showed the presence of abnormal haemodynamics in the aorta and abnormal valve mechanics: type 0 BAVs yielded the best haemodynamical and mechanical outcomes, but cusp stress distribution varied with valve orifice orientation, which can be linked to different cusp calcification location onset; type 1 BAVs gave rise to similar haemodynamics and valve mechanics, regardless of raphe position, but this position altered the location of abnormal haemodynamic features; finally, type 2 BAV constricted the majority of blood flow, exhibiting the most damaging haemodynamic and mechanical repercussions when compared to other BAV phenotypes.

Conclusion: The findings of this proof-of-concept work suggest that there are specific differences across haemodynamics and valve mechanics associated with BAV phenotypes, which may be critical to subsequent processes associated with their pathophysiology processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-447
Number of pages17
JournalCardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2020


  • bicuspid aortic valve
  • congenital malformation
  • fluid-structure interaction
  • multi-physics modelling


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