Elastic cavitation, tube hollowing, and differential growth in plants and biological tissues
KAUST Grant NumberKUK-C1-013-04
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AbstractElastic 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.
CitationGoriely A, Moulton DE, Vandiver R (2010) Elastic cavitation, tube hollowing, and differential growth in plants and biological tissues. EPL (Europhysics Letters) 91: 18001. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1209/0295-5075/91/18001.
SponsorsThe 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.
JournalEPL (Europhysics Letters)