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A rate-jump method for characterization of soft tissues using nanoindentation techniques

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Abstract

The biomechanical properties of soft tissues play an important role in their normal physiological and physical function, and may possibly relate to certain diseases. The advent of nanomechanical testing techniques, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), nano-indentation and optical tweezers, enables the nano/micro-mechanical properties of soft tissues to be investigated, but in spite of the fact that biological tissues are highly viscoelastic, traditional elastic contact theory has been routinely used to analyze experimental data. In this article, a novel rate-jump protocol for treating viscoelasticity in nanomechanical data analysis is described.

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The article was received on 31 Jan 2012, accepted on 27 Feb 2012 and first published on 03 Apr 2012


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25227A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 5974-5979
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    A rate-jump method for characterization of soft tissues using nanoindentation techniques

    B. Tang and A. H. W. Ngan, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5974
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25227A

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