A poroplastic model of structural reorganisation in porous media of biomechanical interest

Alfio Grillo*, Raphael Prohl, Gabriel Wittum

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We present a poroplastic model of structural reorganisation in a binary mixture comprising a solid and a fluid phase. The solid phase is the macroscopic representation of a deformable porous medium, which exemplifies the matrix of a biological system (consisting e.g. of cells, extracellular matrix, collagen fibres). The fluid occupies the interstices of the porous medium and is allowed to move throughout it. The system reorganises its internal structure in response to mechanical stimuli. Such structural reorganisation, referred to as remodelling, is described in terms of “plastic” distortions, whose evolution is assumed to obey a phenomenological flow rule driven by stress. We study the influence of remodelling on the mechanical and hydraulic behaviour of the system, showing how the plastic distortions modulate the flow pattern of the fluid, and the distributions of pressure and stress inside it. To accomplish this task, we solve a highly nonlinear set of model equations by elaborating a previously developed numerical procedure, which is implemented in a non-commercial finite element solver.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-601
Number of pages23
JournalContinuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Mixture theories
  • Poroplasticity
  • Porous media
  • Remodelling
  • Soft tissues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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