Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues

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Time: 6:00pm

Please Note: Refreshments will be available from 5:45pm

University of Manchester

Frank Adams Room 1, Alan Turing Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL,

Thursday October 5, 2017 6:00pm Thursday October 5, 2017 6:00pm Europe/London Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues University of ManchesterFrank Adams Room 1, Alan Turing Building, Oxford RoadManchesterM13 9PL Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues by Dr Tom Shearer AMIMA (University of Manchester) Abstract Biological soft tissues, such as […] Refreshments will be available from 5:45pm Event Link: https://ima.org.uk/6073/mathematical-modelling-biological-soft-tissues/

Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues


Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues by Dr Tom Shearer AMIMA (University of Manchester)

Abstract

Biological soft tissues, such as tendons and the skin, exhibit highly complex mechanical behaviour, and despite being made of the same fundamental materials, different soft tissues have radically different responses to applied loads.  In this talk, I will explain how the mechanical properties of a soft tissue are directly linked to its micro-structure and how the geometrical arrangement of the collagen fibres that make up a tissue can give rise to surprising non-linear phenomena, even if the fibres themselves are assumed to behave linearly.

Finally, I will discuss how mathematical modelling could be used in the future to help design lab-grown soft tissues with specific mechanical properties that could be used to replace injured tissues in surgery.

About the Speaker: Tom Shearer, is a lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Materials Science at the University of Manchester.  He completed his PhD thesis in 2012, on the effect of pre-stress on wave propagation in non-linear elastic materials, and since then he has worked on two EPSRC research fellowships, both in the area of mathematical modelling of ligaments and tendons.

He was jointly awarded the Catherine Richards Prize for the best article in Mathematics Today. The winning article, jointly authored by Dr Philip Pearce and Dr Tom Shearer, was Maths in Medicine: How to survive a Science Fair, and was published in June 2016.

No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome.

Download the event poster, Mathematical Modelling of Biological Soft Tissues (pdf)
Image credit: P1a_016_conjonctif_ connective tissue_Gnathonemus petersii by Franck Genten / FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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