Design of tensile strength tests for very soft materials

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
St Vincent's Hospital
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Dr Cathal O’Connell Personal web page
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Dr Romane Blanchard Personal web page

Project Details

The field of tissue engineering offers new therapeutic avenues by using 3D printed materials and patient’s stem cells. Applications of these techniques at St Vincent’s are cartilage, muscle, or neuronal tissues engineering.

Currently, the mechanical properties of these hydrogels are tested in uniaxial compression for the compression modulus and rheology for the storage modulus. However strength is a very important properties to investigate for the different applications. Tensile testing is the most acknowledged method to test material strength. Although this technique has been successfully developed for hard materials and rubbers, the development of such tests for very soft materials remains challenging. This project would look at the design of a common tensile strength testing protocol for different applications such as cartilage or muscle regeneration.

This project would suit students with an interest in engineering, with prior experience in Computer Aided Design and good understanding of manufacturing techniques.

This project will provide opportunity for the student to take part in discovery projects embedded in a multidisciplinary team based at the 3DBioFab@ACMD, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

School Research Themes


Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Honours application

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St Vincent's Hospital

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