IAM-PIMS-MITACS Distinguished Colloquium-The Mechanics and Mathematics of Growth and Remodeling in Biological Systems

  • Date: 09/21/2009

University of British Columbia


The Mechanics and Mathematics of Growth and Remodeling in Biological Systems


Growth is involved in many fundamental biological processes such as morphogenesis, physiological regulation, or pathological disorders. It is, in general, a process of enormous complexity, involving genetic, biochemical, and physical components at many different scales and with complex interactions. In this talk, I will consider the problem of modeling growth in elastic biological materials and investigate its mechanical consequences. First, starting with simple systems in one, two and three dimensions, I will show how to generalize the classical theory of exact elasticity to include growth. Second, I will show how growth affects both the geometry of a body by changing typical length scales but also its mechanics by inducing incompatible residual stresses. The competition between these two effects can be used to regulate the physical properties of a material during regular physiological conditions. Examples from both plant mechanics and physiology will be considered explicitly. Growth can also lead to interesting phenomena such as cavitation and spontaneous instabilities in growing materials, which can be observed in simple physical, physiological, and biological systems. This talk is (hopefully) designed to be accessible to scientists and undergraduate students with a general scientific background, and I will stress on basic concepts related to biological growth and mechanics rather than computational issues.


3:00-4:00pm, Room 301, Leonard S. Klinck Building (6356 Agricultural
Road, UBC).


Refreshments will be served in room 306 (IAM Lounge) at around 15 minutes prior to the talk.


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This is the 1st lecture of the 2009-10 IAM-PIMS-MITACS Distinguished Colloquium Series.


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