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Elastic cavitation, tube hollowing, and differential growth in plants and biological tissues

Goriely, A. and Moulton, D. E. and Vandiver, R. (2010) Elastic cavitation, tube hollowing, and differential growth in plants and biological tissues. EuroPhysics Letters . (Submitted)

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Abstract

Elastic cavitation is a well-known physical process by which elastic materials under stress can open cavities. Usually, cavitation is induced by applied loads on the elastic body. However, growing materials may generate stresses in the absence of applied loads and could induce cavity opening. Here, we demonstrate the possibility of spontaneous growth-induced cavitation in elastic materials and consider the implications of this phenomenon to biological tissues and in particular to the problem of schizogenous aerenchyma formation.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:D - G > General
Research Groups:Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics
ID Code:990
Deposited By:Peter Hudston
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 10:25
Last Modified:09 Feb 2012 16:00

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