Fibrillar structure and elasticity of hydrating collagen: a quantitative multiscale approach.

@article{Morin2013FibrillarSA,
  title={Fibrillar structure and elasticity of hydrating collagen: a quantitative multiscale approach.},
  author={Claire Morin and Christian Hellmich and P{\'e}ter Henits},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={317},
  pages={
          384-93
        }
}
It is well known that hydration of collagenous tissues leads to their swelling, as well as to softening of their elastic behavior. However, it is much less clear which microstructural and micromechanical "rules" are involved in this process. Here, we develop a theoretical approach cast in analytical mathematical formulations, which is experimentally validated by a wealth of independent tests on collagenous tissues, such as X-ray diffraction, vacuum drying, mass measurements, and Brillouin light… CONTINUE READING
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