Modelling the behaviour of biological membranes
Our research focuses
on the multiphasic behaviour of biological membranes.
Despite the small thickness, under certain
loading conditions, the corresponding variability of the main physical
quantities may became relevant, especially in regions where the
length-scale of the domain is comparable to that of the thickness, as it
occurs in the proximity of the external boundaries and in presence of
holes, cuts or defects. This may lead to peculiar responses which more
strongly depends on the coupling among mechanical and chemical
properties of the tissue.
The project aims at studying the behaviour
of such tissues in critical configurations (e.g. characterization of
fracture development), in order to rationalize experimental observations
and to acquire deep insights on the underlying processes.
This requires the set up of dedicated
experiments as well as the development of refined theoretical approaches
together with the appropriate numerical methods for their