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

A. Goriely, D. E. Moulton, R. Vandiver

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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. Copyright © EPLA, 2010.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18001
JournalEPL (Europhysics Letters)
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2010
Externally publishedYes

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