Mechanical loading protocols in tissue engineering (TE) aim to improve the deposition of a properly organized collagen fiber network. These conditioning protocols can result in tissue compaction [1], which may lead to loss of functionality of the tissue construct. A balance between the collagen deposition and compaction is desirable, yet difficult to achieve, due to the nonlinear coupling between mechanical loading, collagen modeling and compaction.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.