The objective is to study the mechanical behaviour of healthy and pathogenic biological tissues like skin, muscle, cardiovascular tissues and joints. We focus on changes of the mechanical properties, caused by adaptation, aging or damage. Incentives for the research can be clinical problems like decubitus, but also problems related to personal care and aging (skin care).
We investigate biological tissues by a combination of experiments and theoretical models. Experimental work includes in-vitro and in-vivo animal studies, studies with cultured cells of tissues (see cell mechanics) and non-invasive tests with human volunteers. Multiphase continuum models and non-linear time-dependent material behaviour are central topics in theoretical modelling.
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