Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2018

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Type



Hemodialysis is a process of external blood filtration that becomes necessary in the event of end stage renal disease. The most common method of the treatment is the creation of an arteriovenous fistula, which is a surgically created connection between a vein and an artery. For patients who are unable to have an arteriovenous fistula, an arteriovenous graft is required. This graft serves to provide an access site for the removal on unfiltered blood and the return of filtered blood. The design and placement of this graft has not yet been optimized based upon mechanical principles. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate how factors that a surgeon can adjust affect several key parameters that lead to arteriovenous graft failure.


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Mohamed Zayed

Committee Members

Mohamed Zayed Guy Genin Damena Agonafer


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