A rate dependent directional damage model for fibred materials: application to soft biological tissues

Peña, E.
October 2011
Computational Mechanics;Oct2011, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p407
Academic Journal
On the basis of continuum mechanics, a rate dependent directional damage model for fibred materials with application to soft biological tissues is presented. The structural model is formulated using the concept of internal variables that provides a very general description of materials involving irreversible effects. Continuum damage mechanics is used to describe the softening behavior of soft tissues under large deformation. To account for the rate dependency and to regularize the localization problems associated with strain-softening, a viscous damage mechanism is presented in this paper in decoupled form for matrix and fibers. The numerical implementation in the context of the finite element method is discussed in detail. In order to show the performance of the constitutive model and its algorithmic counterpart some simple examples are included. Results show that the model is able to capture the typical stress-strain behavior observed in fibrous soft tissues and appear to confirm the soundness of the proposed formulation.


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