A relaxed growth modeling framework for controlling growth-induced residual stresses

Abstract : Background. Constitutive models of the mechanical response of soft tissues have been established and are widely accepted, but models of soft tissues remodeling are more controversial. Specifically for growth, one important question arises pertaining to residual stresses: existing growth models inevitably introduce residual stresses, but it is not entirely clear if this is physiological or merely an artifact of the modeling framework. As a consequence, in simulating growth, some authors have chosen to keep growth-induced residual stresses, and others have chosen to remove them. Methods. In this paper, we introduce a novel “relaxed growth” framework allowing for a fine control of the amount of residual stresses generated during tissue growth. It is a direct extension of the classical framework of the multiplicative decomposition of the transformation gradient, to which an additional sub-transformation is introduced in order to let the original unloaded configuration evolve, hence relieving some residual stresses. We provide multiple illustrations of the framework mechanical response, on time-driven constrained growth as well as the strain-driven growth problem of the artery under internal pressure, including the opening angle experiment. Findings. The novel relaxed growth modeling framework introduced in this paper allows for a better control of growth-induced residual stresses compared to standard growth models based on the multiplicative decomposition of the transformation gradient. Interpretation. Growth-induced residual stresses should 1 be better handled in soft tissues biomechanical models, especially in patient-specific models of diseased organs that are aimed at augmented diagnosis and treatment optimization.
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Martin Genet. A relaxed growth modeling framework for controlling growth-induced residual stresses. 2019. ⟨hal-02069113⟩

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