On completion of this tutorial you should:
- Appreciate that many materials in living systems do not show Hookean elasticity.
- Understand the concept of J-curves and be familiar with examples of biomaterials that show this behaviour, in particular arterial wall.
- Understand how aneurysms arise in hardened arteries.
- Appreciate that some biomaterials, for example hair and spiders' silk, exhibit hysteresis, and understand how this can be essential to their performance and applications.
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