Multicyclic modelling of softening in biological tissue

Rickaby, S. R. and Scott, N. H. (2014) Multicyclic modelling of softening in biological tissue. IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, 79 (6). pp. 1107-1125. ISSN 0272-4960

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In this paper, we derive a model to describe the important inelastic features associated with the cyclic softening, often referred to as stress softening, of soft biological tissue. The model developed here includes the notion of multiple stress–strain cycles with increasing values of the maximum strain. The model draws upon the similarities between the cyclic softening associated with carbon-filled rubber vulcanizates and soft biological tissue. We give non-linear transversely isotropic models for the elastic response, stress relaxation, residual strain and creep of residual strain. These ideas are then combined with a transversely isotropic version of the Arruda–Boyce eight-chain model to develop a constitutive relation that is capable of accurately representing the multicyclic softening of soft biological tissue. To establish the validity of the model, we have compared it with experimental data from three cyclic uniaxial test samples, one taken from the Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm) caterpillar and the other two samples taken from the human aorta, one in the longitudinal and the other in the circumferential direction. The model was found to fit these experimental data extremely well.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mullins effect,stress relaxation,creep of residual strain,biological tissue,transverse isotropy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Mathematics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Fluid and Solid Mechanics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 16:14
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:27
DOI: 10.1093/imamat/hxt008

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