(484d) Simulation of Dynamic Magnetic Drug Carrier Particle Capture and Accumulation Around a Ferromagnetic Wire

Authors: 
Ebner, A. D., University of South Carolina
Ritter, J. A., University of South Carolina
A new approach for modeling implant assisted-magnetic drug targeting (IA-MDT) systems during the time-dependent capture and accumulation of magnetic drug carrier particles (MDCPs) by a ferromagnetic wire was developed. This new approach assumes the fluid (slurry) viscosity, comprised of water and MDCPs, is a function of the MDCP concentration in the fluid, with imposed maxima on both the particle concentration and fluid viscosity to avoid unrealistic limits. In 2-D, the unsteady-state Navier-Stokes equations for compressible fluid flow and the unsteady-state continuity equations applied separately to the water and magnetic particle phases in the slurry were solved simultaneously, along with the Laplace equations for the magnetic potential applied separately to the slurry and wire, to evaluate the velocities and concentrations around the wire in a narrow channel using COMSOL Multiphysics. The results from this model revealed very realistic magnetically attractive and repulsive zones forming in time around the wire. These collection zones formed their own impermeable viscous phase during accumulation that was also magnetic with its area and magnetism impacting locally both the fluid flow and magnetic fields around the wire. These collection zones increased with an increase in the applied magnetic field. For a given set of conditions, the capture ability peaked and then decreased to zero at infinite time during magnetic particle accumulation in the collection zones. Predictions of the collection efficiency from a steady-state, clean collector, trajectory model could not show this behavior; it also agreed only qualitatively with the dynamic model and then only at the early stages of collection and more so at a higher applied magnetic field. Also, the collection zones decreased in size when the accumulation regions included magnetic particle magnetization (realistic) compared to when they excluded it (unrealistic). Overall, this might be the first time a mathematical model was shown to be capable of realistically predicting the dynamic nature of MDCP capture and accumulation around a wire in IA-MDT systems.