Author(s): B. Irfanoglu & E. Karaesmen
chanical model for the gravid uterus
Irfanoglu & E.
Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East
Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
The biomechanics of the uterus is studied on a mathematical model based
on a shell of ellipsoid of revolution.
The myometrium is treated as a
homogenous, isotropic and incompressible elastic material using
continuum approach and large deformation theory as introduced by Fliigge
and Chou  and Green and Adkins .
The governing equations which
are nonlinear differential equations of boundary value type are solved by
the shooting method together with the Runge-Kutta integration scheme.
The numerical results showing the variation of stretch ratios with uterine
pressure are presented graphically for neo-Hookean and Mooney-Rivlin
type of materials.
The importance of mechanical parameters in uterine activity has been well
recognized but, unfortunately, manifested only in relatively small...
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/BIO930071
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