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 Subsubsection Veronda-Westmann Up Subsection 4.1.2: Uncoupled Materials Subsection 4.1.3: Unconstrained Materials Mooney-Rivlin Von Mises Distributed Fibers

(Sclera and other thin soft tissues)
Authors: Cécile L.M. Gouget and Michaël J.A. Girard
The material type for a thin material where fiber orientation follows a von Mises distribution is “Mooney-Rivlin von Mises Fibers”. The following parameters must be defined:
<c1> Mooney-Rivlin coefficient 1 [P]
<c2> Mooney-Rivlin coefficient 2 [P]
<c3> Exponential stress coefficient [P]
<c4> Fiber uncrimping coefficient [ ]
<c5> Modulus of straightened fibers [P]
<k> Bulk modulus [P]
<lam_max> Fiber stretch for straightened fibers [ ]
<tp> Preferred fiber orientation in radian (angle within the plane of the fibers, defined with respect to the first direction given in mat_axis) [rad]
<kf> Fiber concentration factor [ ]
<vmc> Choice of von Mises distribution
=1 semi-circular von Mises distribution
=2 constrained von Mises mixture distribution
<var_n> Exponent (only for vmc=2)
<gipt> Number of integration points (value is a multiple of 10)
<mat_axis> Reference frame of the plane of the fibers
This constitutive model is designed for thin soft tissues. Fibers are multi-directional: they are distributed within the plane tangent to the tissue surface and they follow a unimodal distribution. It is a constitutive model that is suitable for ocular tissues (e.g. sclera and cornea) but can be used for other thin soft tissues. The proposed strain energy function is as follows: where is the 2D unimodal distribution function of the fibers which satisfies the normalization condition: is the preferred fiber orientation relative to a local coordinate system (parameter tp). The functions and are described in the “Transversely Isotropic Mooney-Rivlin” model. The user can choose between 2 distribution functions using the parameter vmc.
1. Semi-circular von Mises distribution (vmc = 1) [30]
The semi-circular von Mises distribution is one of the simplest unimodal distribution in circular statistics. It can be expressed as where is the modified Bessel function of the first kind (order 0), and is the fiber concentration factor. controls the amount of fibers that are concentrated along the orientation as illustrated in the figure below.
figure ../Figures/FigMooneyRivlinVonMises.png
Polar representation of the semi-circular von-Mises distribution describing in-plane collagen fiber alignment. In this case, the preferred fiber orientation is equal to zero degrees. When the fiber concentration factor is equal to zero, the collagen fibers have an isotropic distribution in a plane tangent to the scleral wall. As increases, the collagen fibers align along the preferred fiber orientation . Note that the distributions were plotted on a circle of unit one to ease visualization.
2. Constrained von Mises Mixture Distribution (vmc = 2) [31]
The semi-circular von Mises distribution is ideal for its simplicity but in some instance it fails to accurately describe the isotropic subpopulation of fibers present in thin soft tissues. An improved mathematical description is proposed here as a weighted mixture of the semi-circular uniform distribution and the semi-circular von Mises distribution. It can be expressed as: where needs to be constrained for uniqueness and stability. is expressed as: where is the modified Bessel function of the first kind (order 1), and n is an exponent to be determined experimentally (parameter var_n). n=2 has been found to be suitable for the sclera based on fiber distribution measurements using small angle light scattering.
Note about Numerical Integration
All numerical integrations are performed using a 10-point Gaussian quadrature rule. The number of Gaussian integration points can be increased for numerical stability. This is controlled through the parameter gipt. We recommend to use at least gipt = 20 (2 10 integration points). Note that the more integration points are used, the slower the model will run. By increasing the number of integration points, one should observe convergence in the numerical accuracy. The parameter gipt is required to be a multiple of 10.
Definition of the Fiber Plane
The user must specify two directions to define a local coordinate system of the plane in which the fibers lay. As explained in Section↑, this can be done by defining two directions with the parameter mat_axis. The first direction (vector of mat_axis) must be the reference direction used to define the angle tp ( ). The second direction (vector of mat_axis) can be any other direction in the plane of the fibers. Thus, a fiber at angle will be along the vector where , , , as was defined in Section↑.
Note on parameters kf and tp
The parameters kf and tp can be specified either in the Material section or in the ElementData section with the tag MRVonMisesParameters. With this second option the user can define different fiber characteristics for each element separately, which can be useful if fiber orientations or concentrations vary spatially. The parameter mat_axis can also be defined either in the Material section or in the ElementData section.
This example defines a thin soft tissue material where fibers are distributed according to a constrained von Mises mixture distribution.
<material id="1" name="Material 1" type="Mooney-Rivlin von Mises Fibers">
  <mat_axis type="local">4,1,3</mat_axis>

 Subsubsection Veronda-Westmann Up Subsection 4.1.2: Uncoupled Materials Subsection 4.1.3: Unconstrained Materials