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Course Description

Mechanics of Tissues

Program

Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Lecturers:

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

Goals:

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.

Content:

· 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

Examination:

Term paper and oral examination.

Students obligations:

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

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