Theoretical methods and models for mechanical properties of soft biomaterials

Zhonggang Feng, Tadashi Kosawada, Takao Nakamura, Daisuke Sato, Tatsuo Kitajima, Mitsuo Umezu

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    We review the most commonly used theoretical methods and models for the mechanical properties of soft biomaterials, which include phenomenological hyperelastic and viscoelastic models, structural biphasic and network models, and the structural alteration theory. We emphasize basic concepts and recent developments. In consideration of the current progress and needs of mechanobiology, we introduce methods and models for tackling micromechanical problems and their applications to cell biology. Finally, the challenges and perspectives in this field are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)680-705
    Number of pages26
    JournalAIMS Materials Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


    • Mechanical properties
    • Micromechanics
    • Network model
    • Nonlinearity
    • Poroelasticity
    • Soft biomaterials
    • Structural alteration theory
    • Time-dependent
    • Viscoelasticity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)

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