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In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that similar to other mechanical loads, notably cyclic stretch (simulating pre-load), glass microspheres simulating afterload will stimulate the secretion of angiogenic factors. Hence, we employed glass microspheres (average diameter 15.7 microm, average mass 5.2 ng) as a new method for imposing mechanical load(More)
This work presents a two-scale homogenization procedure to analyze three dimension composite structures by the finite element method. The theory implemented is compared with other micro-structural formulations: micro models and the serial-parallel mixing theory, in terms of result accuracy and computational cost. The comparison shows that for linear(More)
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