Volume 104, Number 6, December 2013
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||27 January 2014|
Healing of a mechano-responsive material
1 Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials - 14424 Potsdam, Germany
2 Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science - Arnimallee 6, 14195 Berlin, Germany
3 Julius Wolff Institute and Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany
Received: 8 November 2013
Accepted: 19 December 2013
While contribution of physics to model fracture of materials is significant, the “reversed” process of healing is hardly investigated. Inspired by fracture healing that occurs as a self-repair process in nature, e.g. in bone, we computationally study the conditions under which a material can repair itself. In our model the material around a fracture is assumed mechano-responsive: it processes the information of i) local stiffness and ii) local strain and responds by local stiffening. Depending on how information i) and ii) is processed, healing evolves via fundamentally different paths.
PACS: 81.05.Zx – New materials: theory, design, and fabrication / 87.10.Hk – Lattice models
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