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Instability and morphology in growing elastic tissues Event

16 November 2012
Building 85, Room 2207

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Professor Alain Goriely, Professor of Mathematical Modelling and Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford

Growth is involved in many fundamental biological processes such as morphogenesis, physiological regulation, or pathological disorders. In this talk, I will consider the modeling of elastic growth in elastic materials and investigate its mechanical consequences. We will see that growth affects the geometry of a body by changing typical length scales but also its mechanics by inducing residual stresses. The competition between these two effects can be used to regulate the physical properties of a material during regular physiological conditions. It can also lead to interesting spontaneous instabilities in growing materials that I will illustrate on a number of physical, biological, and physiological systems.

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