Shear strain patterns in a cylindrical gelatin sample under transient angular acceleration were measured by tagged magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Measured strain fields were compared to theoretical strain fields obtained by finite element (FE) simulation. Agreement between theory and experiment is very good. The current results support the utility of the experimental approach for tasks such as measurement of shear waves in brain tissue during angular acceleration of the skull. The results also show that a simple viscoelastic model is suitable to describe rapid shear deformation of a gel biomaterial.

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