The mechanical properties of skin are intimately associated with the geometry and arrangement of the collagen network found in the reticular layer and the ability of this network to rearrange under stress. Disruption or excessive collagen accumulation associated with disorders of skin prevents the collagen network from rearranging and limits the deformation of skin. Elastic fibers are believed to help connect the collagen networks in the different layers of the dermis as well as maintain the wavy geometry of unloaded collagen fibers. Proteoglycans that coat and separate collagen fibers assist in the viscous dissipation of energy by skin during alignment of collagen fibers. Calls found in skin modify the mechanical properties by orienting and exerting a tension on the collagen network.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD|
|State||Published - 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering