FINITE ELASTICITY OF SOFT TISSUES
This team-taught course is designed as the second course in graduate biomechanics that applies and builds on the concepts of finite elasticity to study the constitutive response of various soft tissues. Course topics will include kinematics of large deformation, concepts of stress, thermodynamic principles, and development of constitutive relationships for hyperelastic materials. Isotropy, transverse isotropy, incompressibility, viscoelasticity as well as isotropic damage will be discussed. Specific application areas will include the mechanics of three general types of primary load-bearing soft tissues: vascular, orthopedic, and reproductive.