Mississippi State University
Williams, N. Lakiesha
Horstemeyer, F. Mark
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Due to traumatic brain injury (TBI), numerous studies have focused on comprehensively determining the mechanical properties of the brain. This study examined the strain rate dependence of porcine brain under compression, and the microstructural damage was quantified using a confocal microscope and graphical user interface (GUI). The selected strain rates were 0.10 s-1, 0.025 s-1, and 0.00625 s-1 while the strain levels targeted for confocal imaging were 15%, 30%, and 40%. This study also characterized the stress-state dependence at a strain rate and strain level of 0.10 s-1 and 40%, respectively, under compression, tension, and shear. Strain rate dependency data exhibited viscoelastic behavior, and the analysis parameters correlated with increasing strain rate and strain level. Stress-state dependency data demonstrated distinct nonlinear behavior, and disparities were observed in the analysis parameters between different testing modes. Finite element procedures can implement this supplementary data for devising more realistic models.
Begonia, Mark Gregory Tejada, "Structure-property relations in porcine brain tissue: strain rate and stress-state dependence" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 4093.