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A nonlinear constitutive model for stress relaxation in ligaments and tendons.
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PMID:  22648576     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A novel constitutive model that describes stress relaxation in transversely isotropic soft collagenous tissues such as ligaments and tendons is presented. The model is formulated within the nonlinear integral representation framework proposed by Pipkin and Rogers (J. Mech. Phys. Solids. 16:59-72, 1968). It represents a departure from existing models in biomechanics since it describes not only the strain dependent stress relaxation behavior of collagenous tissues but also their finite strains and transverse isotropy. Axial stress-stretch data and stress relaxation data at different axial stretches are collected on rat tail tendon fascicles in order to compute the model parameters. Toward this end, the rat tail tendon fascicles are assumed to be incompressible and undergo an isochoric axisymmetric deformation. A comparison with the experimental data proves that, unlike the quasi-linear viscoelastic model (Fung, Biomechanics: Mechanics of Living Tissues. Springer, New York, 1993) the constitutive law can capture the observed nonlinearities in the stress relaxation response of rat tail tendon fascicles.
Frances M Davis; Raffaella De Vita
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2012-05-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of biomedical engineering     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1573-9686     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Biomed Eng     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  2013-05-23     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361512     Medline TA:  Ann Biomed Eng     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2541-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mechanics of Soft Biological Systems Laboratory, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Simulation*
Ligaments / physiology*
Models, Biological*
Stress, Physiological / physiology*
Tendons / physiology*

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