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Mechanics Of Fluctuating Elastic Plates And Fiber Networks, Xiaojun Liang Jan 2017

Mechanics Of Fluctuating Elastic Plates And Fiber Networks, Xiaojun Liang

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Lipid membranes and fiber networks in biological systems perform important mechanical functions at the cellular and tissue levels. In this thesis I delve into two detailed problems -- thermal fluctuation of membranes and non-linear compression response of fiber networks. Typically, membrane fluctuations are analysed by decomposing into normal modes or by molecular simulations. In the first part of my thesis, I propose a new semi-analytic method to calculate the partition function of a membrane. The membrane is viewed as a fluctuating von Karman plate and discretized into triangular elements. Its energy is expressed as a function of nodal displacements, and then ...


The Effect Of Cell Contractility And Packing On Extracellular Matrix And Soft Tissue Rheology, Anne Sofieke Geertruide Van Oosten Jan 2015

The Effect Of Cell Contractility And Packing On Extracellular Matrix And Soft Tissue Rheology, Anne Sofieke Geertruide Van Oosten

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In the past decades it has become clear that the mechanical properties of tissues are important for healthy functioning. The mechanical properties of tissues and their load-bearing components found in the extracellular matrix (ECM) have been tested mechanically to provide more insight. However, there is a discrepancy between tissue and ECM mechanics. In this thesis this discrepancy is investigated with a novel multiaxial rheology method, which addresses a physiologically relevant combination of shear and axial strains. Blood clots are used to study the effect of cell traction and cell packing on ECM mechanics.

The results show that ECM networks compression ...