2-2 – Mechanics of Soft Biological Tissues
Gerhard A. Holzapfel (Graz University of Technology), Ray W. Ogden (University of Glasgow)
This mini-symposium is concerned with all aspects of the mechanics of all types of soft biological tissues including blood vessels, components of the heart, muscle, ligaments, tendons, skin, fat, brain, the bladder, liver, eye, kidney, and lymph to mention just a few. In particular, understanding the mechanical properties and behavior of tissues on different length scales in relation to health and disease is crucial for the development of advanced constitutive and numerical models. This mini-symposium focuses on topics such as description of the microstructure and how that changes, for example, in the aorta under normal conditions to pathological as it can be noticed for example in aortic dissections or walls of aneurysms. Related multiscale modeling, where simulations and experiments must go together in order to achieve the integrative knowledge, is a special desired topic. Any other advancements in, for example, growth and remodeling, elasticity, viscoelasticity and damage when related to soft biological tissues are welcome. Analytical and computational models based on solid mechanics or thermomechanics are particularly desirable. Reports on new experimental methods that expand measurement possibilities and new mathematical methods that facilitate analysis are also encouraged.