Microstructural models of the constitutive behaviour of soft tissue

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Microstructural models of the constitutive behaviour of soft tissue

Group Continuum Mechanics
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Description

Soft tissue such as tendon, ligament, skin, and the brain possess complex nonlinear viscoelastic constitutive behaviour which arises due to the intricate microstructures inherent in such materials. The majority of existing models for the constitutive behaviour of soft tissue are phenomenological so that the parameters involved in the model are not derivable from experiments.

In this project the objective is to build models that are based on the microstructure and we will liaise with experimentalists, particularly those in imaging science, in order to ensure that the parameters involved can be directly measured.

This project would suit those with a strong background in continuum mechanics and modelling and although not essential some background knowledge in nonlinear elasticity would be useful.

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