Blood flows faster the closer it is to the center of a blood vessel because of the reduced friction with the cell walls. According to Poiseuille's laws, the velocity of blood in an idealized cylindrical vessel is given by:
where R is the radius of the blood vessel, r is the distance of a layer of blood flow from the center of the vessel, and k - p/4Lv involving pressure p, viscosity v, and length L of the vessel (all of which we can assume are constant). Assume here that k is equal to 375.
Suppose a skier's blood vessel has a constant radius R = 0.08 mm. Find the total blood flow Q, which is given by the formula:
Integral from 0 to R(2(pi)V(r)rdr)
What are the units of Q?
Ultimately, for Q I got 0.024. I'm not sure what units that in though or if I did it correctly. I simply plugged in all of the constants and took the integral from 0 to 0.08.
Could anyone tell me if I've done this correctly?
The next problem is a bit more complicated and is based on the first. I havn't made any progress on it because I don't know where to begin.
Suppose the same skier's blood vessel starts with radius R = 0.08 mm but that cold weather is causing the vessel to contract at a rate of 0.01 mm per minute. How fast is the velocity of the blood changing?
(This skier will probably be dead after 8 minutes if thats true haha)