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Minisymposium 05

Soft Tissue Mechanics: Modelling and Simulation


Organizers: Nils Karajan, Tim Ricken, and Oliver Roehrle


The aim of this minisymposium is to highlight the increasing role of numerical simulations in biomechanics and bioengineering. As it is already the case in classical engineering-type applications stemming from, e. g., the automotive or aerospace industry, there is also a great need for new simulation technologies augmenting or substituting classical experiments in order to make simulation-based predictions. This is particular true for biological soft tissues, as experimental studies on soft tissues can be extremely challenging, incomplete, or not feasible at all. There is no doubt that today's computational tools can provide a deeper understanding of the mechanical behaviour of different soft biological tissues such as skeletal muscles, living organs or artery walls. Such an improved understanding has great potential to significantly enhance clinical research, clinical interventions, and therapeutic effectiveness. Modelling and simulating the active as well as passive soft biological tissues face a broad spectrum of challenges, e. g., the very complex underlying structural and functional properties such as anisotropy, damage, growth, remodelling and their ability to undergo large deformations. Many of these aspects are not captured sufficiently in material models and computational methods. To advance the aforementioned, it is necessary to bring together in this minisymposium scientists and biomedical engineers researching on computational and experimental techniques to enhance the modelling and the simulation of biological soft tissue. The aim of this minisymposium is to present and discuss recent ideas, results, and developments in modelling and computational simulation of biological tissues in physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Topics of interest in the mini-symposium include:

- Material Models
- Loading assumptions
- Multiphase models
- Multiscale models
- Scale bridging
- Mass transport
- Growth and Remodelling
- Experimental techniques
- All kinds of applications
We thank the following companies for supporting this event:


Dynamore GmbH


CADFEM GmbH

Dassault Systemes Simulia GmbH

Springer Science+Business Media