On the characterization of the heterogeneous mechanical response of human brain tissue

Antonio E. Forte*, Stephen M. Gentleman, Daniele Dini

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Abstract

The mechanical characterization of brain tissue is a complex task that scientists have tried to accomplish for over 50 years. The results in the literature often differ by orders of magnitude because of the lack of a standard testing protocol. Different testing conditions (including humidity, temperature, strain rate), the methodology adopted, and the variety of the species analysed are all potential sources of discrepancies in the measurements. In this work, we present a rigorous experimental investigation on the mechanical properties of human brain, covering both grey and white matter. The influence of testing conditions is also shown and thoroughly discussed. The material characterization performed is finally adopted to provide inputs to a mathematical formulation suitable for numerical simulations of brain deformation during surgical procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-920
Number of pages14
JournalBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Abaqus
  • FE modelling
  • Heterogeneous
  • Human brain tissue
  • Humidity and temperature
  • Mechanical properties

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