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    An energy-deformation decomposition for morphoelasticity


    Chenchiah, IV & Shipman, PD, 2014, ‘An energy-deformation decomposition for morphoelasticity’. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol 67., pp. 15-39


    Mathematical models of biological growth commonly attempt to distinguish deformation due to growth from that due to mechanical stresses through a hypothesised multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient. This multiplicative decomposition is valid only under restrictive hypothesis, and can fail in many instances of scientific relevance. Shifting the focus away from the kinematics of growth to the mechanical energy of the growing object enables us to propose an "energy-deformation decomposition" which accurately captures the influence of growth on mechanical energy. We provide a proof and computational verification of this for tissues with crystalline structure. Our arguments also apply to tissues with a network structure. Due to the general nature of these results they apply to a wide range of models for growing systems. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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