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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
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Course Description

Mechanics of Tissues


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies


prof. dr. Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar
prof. dr. Igor Emri


The aim of this course is to present particular characteristics of the behaviour of living tissues and the possibilities for imitating such behaviour in artificial nanomaterials.


· Mechanical characteristics of various types of living tissues: skin, artery walls, muscle tissues, bones
· Mechanical behaviour characterization methods
· Time-dependence of living tissues, the effects of ageing
· Time-dependent properties of one-dimensional elements such as muscles
· Time-dependent properties of two-dimensional elements such as skin and artery walls
· Time-dependent properties of three-dimensional elements such as bones
· Time-dependent properties of cartilage tissues
· Deformability of red blood cells
· Artificial nanomaterials with the properties of living tissues to replace cartilage and heart valves
· Biomechanics of movement: walking, running, swimming, flying

Course literature:

Y. C. Fung, Biomechanics: Mechanical properties of living tissues, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1981

Significant publications and references:

Xiao X. R., Hiel C. C., Cardon A.: Characterization and modeling of nonlinear viscoelastic response of peek resin and PEEK composites, Compos Eng 4: (7) 681-702 1994
Cardon A., Chakfe N., Thaveau F., et al.: Sealing of polyester prostheses with autologous fibrin glue and bone marrow. ANN VASC SURG 14: (6) 543-552 2000
Cardon A., Aillet S., Jarno P., et al.:Endarteriectomy of femoral tripod: long-term results and analysis of predictive factors of failure. ANN CHIR 126: (8) 777-782 OCT 2001
Cardon A., Galinho T., Vacher J. P.: Genetic algorithms using multi-objectives in a multi-agent system
B. Yang and K. Ravi-Chandar, On the role of the process zone in dynamic crack growth, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 44, (1996), 1955-1976
K. Ravi-Chandar and B. Yang, On the role of the microcracks in the dynamic fracture of brittle materials, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 45, (1997), 535-563
B. Yang and K. Ravi-Chandar, Crack path instabilities in a quenched glass plate, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 49, (2001), 91-130
B. Yang, S. Mall and K. Ravi-Chandar, A cohesive zone model for fatigue crack growth in quasibrittle materials, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 38, (2001), 3927-3944


Term paper and oral examination.

Students obligations:

Preparation of a positively rated term paper and its successful oral defence.