Exploiting Viscoelastic Experimental Observations and Numerical Simulations to Infer Biomimetic Artificial Tendon Fiber Designs
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Designing biomimetic artificial tendons requires a thorough, data-based understanding of the tendon's inner material properties. The current work exploits viscoelastic experimental observations at the tendon fascicle scale, making use of mechanical and data analysis methods. More specifically, based on reported elastic, volumetric and relaxation fascicle scale properties, we infer most probable, mechanically compatible material attributes at the fiber scale. In particular, the work provides pairs of elastic and viscous fiber-scale moduli, which can reproduce the upper scale tendon mechanics. The computed range of values for the fiber-scale tendon viscosity attest to the substantial stress relaxation capabilities of tendons. More importantly, the reported mechanical parameters constitute a basis for the design of tendon-specific restoration materials, such as fiber-based, engineering scaffolds. Show more
Journal / seriesFrontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
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Subjecttendon; tissue engineering; biomaterials; viscoelasticity; fibers; relaxation; matrix
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