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The project goal was to design a device to study the effects of directional stretch on model wound tissue in vitro to better understand cell-mediated matrix remodeling. Strip biaxial strain was attempted by varying the geometry of loading post platens of a commercial vacuum-driven cell-stretching device. FEA produced theoretical strain distributions and deformation software was used to validate the actual strain dispersal. Results from two novel platen designs can be used to improve production of accurate scar formation in vitro.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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