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Stability of aneurysm solutions in a fluid-filled elastic membrane tube. (English) Zbl 1293.74310
Summary: When a hyperelastic membrane tube is inflated by an internal pressure, a localized bulge will form when the pressure reaches a critical value. As inflation continues the bulge will grow until it reaches a maximum size after which it will then propagate in both directions to form a hat-like profile. The stability of such bulging solutions has recently been studied by neglecting the inertia of the inflating fluid and it was shown that such bulging solutions are unstable under pressure control. In this paper we extend this recent study by assuming that the inflation is by an inviscid fluid whose inertia we take into account in the stability analysis. This reflects more closely the situation of aneurysm formation in human arteries which motivates the current series of studies. It is shown that fluid inertia would significantly reduce the growth rate of the unstable mode and thus it has a strong stabilizing effect.

74L15 Biomechanical solid mechanics
74K15 Membranes
74G60 Bifurcation and buckling
74F10 Fluid-solid interactions (including aero- and hydro-elasticity, porosity, etc.)
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