Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 671–687 | Cite as

A model for arterial adaptation combining microstructural collagen remodeling and 3D tissue growth

  • I. M. Machyshyn
  • P. H. M. BovendeerdEmail author
  • A. A. F. van de Ven
  • P. M. J. Rongen
  • F. N. van de Vosse
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Original Paper


Long-term adaptation of soft tissues is realized through growth and remodeling (G&R). Mathematical models are powerful tools in testing hypotheses on G&R and supporting the design and interpretation of experiments. Most theoretical G&R studies concentrate on description of either growth or remodeling. Our model combines concepts of remodeling of collagen recruitment stretch and orientation suggested by other authors with a novel model of general 3D growth. We translate a growth-induced volume change into a change in shape due to the interaction of the growing tissue with its environment. Our G&R model is implemented in a finite element package in 3D, but applied to two rotationally symmetric cases, i.e., the adaptation towards the homeostatic state of the human aorta and the development of a fusiform aneurysm. Starting from a guessed non-homeostatic state, the model is able to reproduce a homeostatic state of an artery with realistic parameters. We investigate the sensitivity of this state to settings of initial parameters. In addition, we simulate G&R of a fusiform aneurysm, initiated by a localized degradation of the matrix of the healthy artery. The aneurysm stabilizes in size soon after the degradation stops.


Artery Aneurysm Remodeling Growth Collagen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. M. Machyshyn
    • 1
  • P. H. M. Bovendeerd
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. A. F. van de Ven
    • 2
  • P. M. J. Rongen
    • 3
  • F. N. van de Vosse
    • 1
  1. 1.Biomedical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Mathematics and Computing ScienceEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Philips Medical SystemsBestThe Netherlands

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