Solid Mechanics of Lungs

by George C. Lee, (M.ASCE), Head; Engrg. Mechanics Section, National Science Foundation; on leave from Dept. of Civ. Engrg., State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 177-200

Document Type: Journal Paper


In this paper a subarea of biomechanics in solid mechanics of lungs is described with the intention of familiarizing those working in the broad field of solid and structural mechanics so that they may explore this new and fascinating field of study. The materials contained in this paper are organized into four parts. First the functional anatomy of the respiratory system is briefly introduced. It is then followed by analysis of the properties and modeling of lung tissue. Next, some recent studies of lung elasticity problems are presented. Finally, consideration is given on potential research directions of this new and challenging field in biomechanics.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Solid mechanics | Structural mechanics | Elastic analysis

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