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Finite element 3D modeling of mechanical behavior of mineralized collagen microfibrils

By Abdelwahed Barkaoui and Ridha Hambli

Abstract

The aim of this work is to develop a 3D finite elements model to study the nanomechanical behaviour of mineralized collagen microfibrils, which consists of three phases, (i) collagen phase formed by five tropocollagen (TC) molecules linked together with cross links, (ii) a mineral phase (Hydroxyapatite) and (iii) impure mineral phase, and to investigate the important role of individual properties of every constituent. The mechanical and the geometrical properties (TC molecule diameter) of both tropocollagen and mineral were taken into consideration as well as cross-links, which was represented by spring elements with adjusted properties based on experimental data. In the present paper an equivalent homogenised model was developed to assess the whole microfibril mechanical properties (Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio) under varying mechanical properties of each phase. In this study both equivalent Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio which were expressed as functions of Young's modulus of each phase were obtained under tensile load with symmetric and periodic boundary conditions.Comment: Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Biomechanics 9, 3 (2011) xx

Topics: Physics - Medical Physics, Physics - Biological Physics, Quantitative Biology - Tissues and Organs
Publisher: 'SAGE Publications'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.5301/JABB.2011.8876
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1112.0984

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