The nonlinear two-layer arterial wall model introduced by von Maltzahn, et al. [11] is subjected to a rigorous parameter sensitivity and range of validity analysis. The model is based on the assumption that in large muscular conduit arteries the two mechanically significant layers are media and adventitia. Using curve-fitting techniques, the media is determined to be isotropic and the adventitia to be anisotropic. As a result of the range of validity analysis, the polynomial relationship for the energy density function of the media is changed to an exponential relationship. This leads to new coefficients for the polynomial of the adventitia. All coefficients have specific mechanical meanings. The parameter sensitivity analysis demonstrates convincingly that all model parameters are significantly important.

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