Modeling of growth and remodeling in soft biological tissues with multiple constituents

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Among the various important characteristics of biological tissues is their ability to grow and remodel. It is well-known that one of the primary triggers behind the growth and remodeling process is changes in the mechanical environment, for instance changes in stress, strain, etc. These mechanisms of mechanotransduction are the driving force behind many changes in structure and function including growth and remodeling. The purpose of this article is to formulate better constitutive equations for the stress in tissues with multiple constituents undergoing growth and remodeling. This is a very complex problem and is of tremendous importance. Here, we do the modeling from a mechanics point of view, utilizing the theory of natural configurations coupled with population dynamics to accurately model the production and removal of the different constituents that comprise the tissue. This is accomplished by deriving a generalized McKendrick equation for growth and remodeling and has the advantage of directly including the age distribution of constituents into the model. The population distribution function is then used to determine the stress in the tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalMechanics Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Age distribution
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Growth and remodeling
  • McKendrick equation
  • Natural configurations
  • Soft tissues


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