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Mechanics of the brain.

MACSI at the department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Limerick invites you to a seminar

Date: Friday,  5th April  2019, Room A2-002 @ 16.00

Speaker: Prof. Michel Destrade (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway).

Title: Mechanics of the brain.

 Abstract: An impact to the head causes brain matter to shake, deform, stretch, shear and twist, among many other possible responses. In reality, we have little idea of what is actually happening in the brain. To make progress, we can use computer simulations to create an impact and look at its consequences, and also create other scenarios such as tumour growth, neurosurgery, blast wave propagation, etc. However, these simulations are as good, and as bad, as the model they are based on. 

Here we will see some of the techniques available to measure the material properties of brain matter and to model its mechanical behaviour in a robust and meaningful way. We will see the limitations of destructive testing and move on to non-destructive, non-invasive protocols based on the theory of acousto-elasticity.  

Further Information: If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to Romina Gaburro (061 2131930, email  or Clifford Nolan (061 202766),

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland funding, MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in science, engineering and industry in Ireland.