Advanced models for the elastic response of rubber-like materials

Professor Ray Ogden FRS has made fundamental advances in mathematical models for the elastic response of rubber-like materials.

These models have been adopted as the standard starting point for the design and analysis of rubber-like solids and they have been incorporated into the industry-standard commercial `finite element’ software packages, including Abaqus, ADINA, ALGOR, ANSYS and MARC.

These packages are widely used by professional engineers for design calculations and stress analysis, particularly in the aeronautical and automotive industries, playing a crucial role in design decisions associated with enormous financial investments and with the safe and successful operation of the products involved.

Models have now also been constructed for the behaviour of soft biological tissue and these are in widespread use in applications in cardiovascular research and the life sciences.

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