WIAS Preprint No. 1786, (2013)

Multiscale modeling of weakly compressible elastic materials in harmonic regime and application to microscale structure estimation


  • Caiazzo, Alfonso
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7125-8645
  • Mura, Joaquin

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65Z05 74Q05 74Q15


  • Homogenization, linear elasticity, weakly compressible materials, inverse problem, elastography




This article is devoted to the modeling of elastic materials composed by an incompressible elastic matrix and small compressible gaseous inclusions, under a time harmonic excitation. In a biomedical context, this model describes the dynamics of a biological tissue (e.g. lung or liver) when wave analysis methods (such as Magnetic Resonance Elastography) are used to estimate tissue properties. Due to the multiscale nature of the problem, direct numerical simulations are prohibitive. We extend the homogenized model introduced in [Baffico, Grandmont, Maday, Osses, SIAM J. Mult. Mod. Sim., 7(1), 2008] to a time harmonic regime to describe the solid-gas mixture from a macroscopic point of view in terms of an effective elasticity tensor. Furthermore, we derive and validate numerically analytical approximations for the effective elastic coefficients in terms of macroscopic parameters. This simplified description is used to to set up an efficient variational approach for the estimation of the tissue porosity, using the mechanical response to external harmonic excitations.

Appeared in

  • Multiscale Model. Simul., 12 (2014) pp. 514--537.

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