The direct stiffness method is used to analyze the structural response of the cross section of an arteriole which is both heterogeneous and nonlinear in terms of structural response. A typical segment of the cross section is represented by an assembly of triangular elements. The stiffness matrix and strain-displacement relationships are then derived in terms of polar coordinates for a triangular plate element. Viscoelasticity is included in this structural analysis by using a piecewise linear approach. Stress-time and displacement-time data are presented for two typical cross sections of the arteriole. These results reveal special properties of a heterogeneous structure which is undergoing viscoelastic deformations.

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