Kinetic model description of dissipation and recovery in collagen fibrils under cyclic loading

A Suhail and A Banerjee and R Rajesh, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 106, 044407 (2022).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.106.044407

Collagen fibrils, when subjected to cyclic loading, are known to exhibit hysteretic behavior with energy dissipation that is partially recovered on relaxation. In this paper, we develop a kinetic model for a collagen fibril incorporating presence of hidden loops and stochastic fragmentation as well as reformation of sacrificial bonds. We show that the model reproduces well the characteristic features of reported experimental data on cyclic response of collagen fibrils, such as moving hysteresis loops, time evolution of residual strains and energy dissipation, recovery on relaxation, etc. We show that the approach to the steady state is controlled by a characteristic cycle number for both residual strain as well as energy dissipation and is in good agreement with reported existing experimental data.

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