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Theoretical methods and models for mechanical properties of soft biomaterials

  • Received: 24 March 2017 Accepted: 31 May 2017 Published: 05 June 2017
  • 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.

    Citation: Zhonggang Feng, Tadashi Kosawada, Takao Nakamura, Daisuke Sato, Tatsuo Kitajima, Mitsuo Umezu. Theoretical methods and models for mechanical properties of soft biomaterials[J]. AIMS Materials Science, 2017, 4(3): 680-705. doi: 10.3934/matersci.2017.3.680

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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.

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