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Micromechanical Modeling of Connective Soft Tissues

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Ali Fallah, Mohammad Taghi Ahmadian, Keikhosrow Firoozbakhsh

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. DETC2015-46165, pp. V003T14A001; 6 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5710-6
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


In this paper, a physically motivated micromechanical model for connective soft tissues like tendon and ligament is presented. A representative volume element (RVE) is introduced based on the crimped pattern of collagen fiber in the tissue. In order to investigate the macroscopic behavior of tissue, numerical homogenization and appropriate periodic boundary conditions are used. Neglecting the effects of nano scale structures and properties on tissues macroscopic behavior leads to linear transversely isotropic model for collagen fibers. Comparison of obtained result with available experimental one, shows that this assumption leads to inaccurate results. Including the effects of nano scale structures into the presented model leads to a nonlinear transversely isotropic constitutive model for collagen fibers which leads to results that are in good agreement with experimental results.

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