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Constitutive Modelling of Skin Mechanics

  • Georges LimbertEmail author
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Part of the Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials book series (SMTEB, volume 22)

Abstract

The objective of this chapter is to provide a structured review of constitutive models of skin mechanics valid for finite deformations, with special emphasis on state-of-the-art anisotropic formulations which are essential in most advanced modelling applications. The fundamental structural and material characteristics of the skin, necessary for understanding its mechanics and for the formulation of constitutive equations, are briefly presented.

Notes

Acknowledgements/Funding Statement

The author would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support he has received over the last few years to support research on skin biophysics and applications from the Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The British High Commission in South Africa, EPSRC, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Roche and the US Air Force. He would also like to thank Dr. Anton Page of the Biomedical Imaging Unit at the University of Southampton and Mr. Sandy Monteith of Gatan UK for respectively preparing the skin sample for serial block-face imaging and for organising the electron microscopy acquisition at Gatan USA in San Diego.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) --- Bioengineering Science Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Laboratory of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology, Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Cape TownObservatorySouth Africa

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