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An Investigation of Uniaxial Mechanical Properties of Excised Sheep Heart Muscle Fibre – Fitting of Different Hyperelastic Constitutive Models

Version 1 : Received: 31 August 2021 / Approved: 31 August 2021 / Online: 31 August 2021 (11:31:57 CEST)

How to cite: Nemavhola, F.; Ngwangwa, H.M.; Pandelani, T. An Investigation of Uniaxial Mechanical Properties of Excised Sheep Heart Muscle Fibre – Fitting of Different Hyperelastic Constitutive Models. Preprints 2021, 2021080566 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0566.v1). Nemavhola, F.; Ngwangwa, H.M.; Pandelani, T. An Investigation of Uniaxial Mechanical Properties of Excised Sheep Heart Muscle Fibre – Fitting of Different Hyperelastic Constitutive Models. Preprints 2021, 2021080566 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0566.v1).

Abstract

Abstract : This paper presents the investigation of biomechanical behaviour of sheep heart fibre using uniaxial tests in various samples. Non-linear Finite Element models (FEA) that are utilised in understanding mechanisms of different diseases may not be developed without the accurate material properties. This paper presents uniaxial mechanical testing data of the sheep heart fibre. The mechanical uniaxial data of the heart fibre was then used in fitting four constitutive models including the Fung model, Polynomial (Anisotropic), Holzapfel (2005) model, Holzapfel (2000) model and the Four-fibre Family model. Even though the constitutive models for soft tissues including heart myocardium have been presented over several decades, there is still a need for accurate material parameters from reliable hyperelastic constitutive models. Therefore, the aim of this research paper is to select five hyperelastic constitutive models and fit experimental data in the uniaxial experimental data of the sheep heart fibre. A fitting algorithm was made used to optimally fitting and determination of the material parameters based on selected hyperelastic constitutive model. In this study, the evaluation index (EI) was used to measure the performance and capability of each selected anisotropic hyperelatic model. It was observed that the best predictive capability of the mechanical behaviour of sheep heart fibre the Polynomial (anisotropic) model has the EI of 100 and this means that it is the best performance when compared to all the other models.

Keywords

Uniaxial testing; tissue mechanics; cardiac mechanics; tensile testing

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