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A constitutive model for soft tissue and its application to a boundary value problem

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01-01-2013
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Parag Ravindran
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Mechanical loading induces changes in the structure and function of soft tissue. Growth and remodeling results from the production and removal of constituents. We consider a tissue constituted of elastin and collagen. The collagen turns over at a much higher rate than elastin. In this work we propose a twoconstituent, constrained mixture model for this soft tissue. One constituent is modeled as a viscoelastic material and the other as an elastic material. It is assumed that the collagen turns over depending on the stress applied and the elastin does not turn over. The standard mixture theory approach is followed and the balance equations are set-up. The model is studied in simple uni-axial loading to test its efficacy. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.
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