Soft Tissue Biomechanics
The field soft tissue biomechanics focuses on the mechanics of soft biological tissues and biomedical materials and structures. It is the newest research field within the Technical Focus Biomechanical Engineering and is currently under development.
- Multi-scale experiments for mechanical characterization of microstructure-based materials (biological tissues, textiles, etc.)
- Experimental continuum mechanics for the evaluation and analysis of local deformations using digital image correlation (DIC)
- Computational modeling for structural analyses at different length scales.
- Derive criteria for the evaluation of the mechanical biocompatibility of biomedical materials and structures
- Explore the mechanobiology of biomedical materials and structures, i.e. the interplay between mechanics and cell behavior
- Develop standardized protocols for the mechanical evaluation of soft biomedical materials (implant materials, scaffolds for tissue engineering, etc.)
Towards tailored mechanical properties of artificial tissue models
The human skin is the interface between the environment and the body. The skin has several functions such as the thermoregulation, the protection from mechanical injuries, acting as a barrier against microorganisms and the tactile perception. In this project, we aim at developing an innovative artificial skin model ...