Effect of residual and transformation choice on computational aspects of biomechanical parameter estimation of soft tissues

Aggarwal, A. (2019) Effect of residual and transformation choice on computational aspects of biomechanical parameter estimation of soft tissues. Bioengineering, 6(4), 100. (doi: 10.3390/bioengineering6040100) (PMID:31671871) (PMCID:PMC6956274)

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Several nonlinear and anisotropic constitutive models have been proposed to describe the biomechanical properties of soft tissues, and reliably estimating the unknown parameters in these models using experimental data is an important step towards developing predictive capabilities. However, the effect of parameter estimation technique on the resulting biomechanical parameters remains under-analyzed. Standard off-the-shelf techniques can produce unreliable results where the parameters are not uniquely identified and can vary with the initial guess. In this study, a thorough analysis of parameter estimation techniques on the resulting properties for four multi-parameter invariant-based constitutive models is presented. It was found that linear transformations have no effect on parameter estimation for the presented cases, and nonlinear transforms are necessary for any improvement. A distinct focus is put on the issue of non-convergence, and we propose simple modifications that not only improve the speed of convergence but also avoid convergence to a wrong solution. The proposed modifications are straightforward to implement and can avoid severe problems in the biomechanical analysis. The results also show that including the fiber angle as an unknown in the parameter estimation makes it extremely challenging, where almost all of the formulations and models fail to converge to the true solution. Therefore, until this issue is resolved, a non-mechanical—such as optical—technique for determining the fiber angle is required in conjunction with the planar biaxial test for a robust biomechanical analysis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aggarwal, Dr Ankush
Authors: Aggarwal, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Bioengineering
ISSN (Online):2306-5354
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Bioengineering 6(4):100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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