Numerical Determination of the Circumferential Residual Stress of Porcine Aorta by Pulling-Back Method


Residual stress is very important for the study of cardiovascular-relevant issues, such as assessing the vulnerability of atherosclerosis and aneurysm. In this paper, the circumferential residual stress of porcine aorta was characterized by combining ex vivo experiments with numerical studies. In the experiments, porcine aortic rings were prepared and cut open, and the cross sections of the opened aortic rings were extracted to construct finite element models. The 5-parameter Mooney–Rivlin model was chosen to describe the tensile mechanical behavior of the aorta. In numerical studies, based on the finite element models and hyperelastic material model, a pulling-back displacement was applied to reclose the models of the opened aortic rings, and the equivalent circumferential residual stress to the pre-opened aorta was analyzed. The results showed that the circumferential residual stress of the aorta generally decreased from the proximal to the distal ends, and the residual stresses of the aortic rings close to the distal end did not show a great difference. This work provides an improved understanding of the residual stress distribution in aorta and may be used as a more realistic initial condition for future stress analysis of the arterial tissue.

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11772093, 11972118, 61821002) and Australian Research Council (ARC) (Grant No. DP200103492).

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Chen, H., Wang, W., Chen, Q. et al. Numerical Determination of the Circumferential Residual Stress of Porcine Aorta by Pulling-Back Method. Acta Mech. Solida Sin. (2021).

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  • Aorta
  • Circumferential residual stress
  • Opening angle
  • Finite element model