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

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

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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)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 19 2010
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-C1-013-04
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank Prof. D. COSGROVE for helping them locate relevant literature on stem hollowing. This publication is based on work supported by Award No. KUK-C1-013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants DMS-0907773 (AG). AG is a Wolfson/Royal Society Merit Award Holder.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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