Bulk Modulus

Arıtan S.

in: Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay, Editor, John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK , New-Jersey, pp.668-675, 2006

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK 
  • City: New-Jersey
  • Page Numbers: pp.668-675
  • Editors: Metin Akay, Editor
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Understanding and characterizing the mechanical response of soft biological tissues is a fundamental problem in biomechanics. Adequate models are needed to allow the study of both normal tissue function and the effects of disease and injury on these tissues.

The mechanical behavior of biological materials is determined by their structure. The factors which control mechanical response include the gross (bulk) and microscopic tissue morphology, the chemical composition of the tissue, fluid flow in the tissue, directionality of tissue fibre structures, and the interfaces between various structures.