Homogenized modeling for vascularized poroelastic materials

Penta, R. and Merodio, J. (2017) Homogenized modeling for vascularized poroelastic materials. Meccanica, 52(14), pp. 3321-3343. (doi: 10.1007/s11012-017-0625-1)

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A new mathematical model for the macroscopic behavior of a material composed of a poroelastic solid embedding a Newtonian fluid network phase (also referred to as vascularized poroelastic material), with fluid transport between them, is derived via asymptotic homogenization. The typical distance between the vessels/channels (microscale) is much smaller than the average size of a whole domain (macroscale). The homogeneous and isotropic Biot’s equation (in the quasi-static case and in absence of volume forces) for the poroelastic phase and the Stokes’ problem for the fluid network are coupled through a fluid-structure interaction problem which accounts for fluid transport between the two phases; the latter is driven by the pressure difference between the two compartments. The averaging process results in a new system of partial differential equations that formally reads as a double poroelastic, globally mass conserving, model, together with a new constitutive relationship for the whole material which encodes the role of both pore and fluid network pressures. The mathematical model describes the mutual interplay among fluid filling the pores, flow in the network, transport between compartments, and linear elastic deformation of the (potentially compressible) elastic matrix comprising the poroelastic phase. Assuming periodicity at the microscale level, the model is computationally feasible, as it holds on the macroscale only (where the microstructure is smoothed out), and encodes geometrical information on the microvessels in its coefficients, which are to be computed solving classical periodic cell problems. Recently developed double porosity models are recovered when deformations of the elastic matrix are neglected. The new model is relevant to a wide range of applications, such as fluid in porous, fractured rocks, blood transport in vascularized, deformable tumors, and interactions across different hierarchical levels of porosity in the bone.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Penta, Dr Raimondo
Authors: Penta, R., and Merodio, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Meccanica
ISSN (Online):1572-9648
Published Online:07 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrech
First Published:First published in Meccanica 52(14):3321-3343
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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