Stress reorganization and response in active solids

Rhoda J. Hawkins, Tanniemola B. Liverpool

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We present a microscopic model of a disordered viscoelastic active solid, i.e., an active material whose long time behavior is elastic as opposed to viscous. It is composed of filaments, passive cross-links, and molecular motors powered by stored chemical energy, e.g., actomyosin powered by adenosine triphosphate. Our model allows us to study the collective behavior of contractile active elements and how their interaction with each other and the passive elastic elements determines the macroscopic mechanical properties of the active material. As a result of the (un)binding dynamics of the active elements, we find that this system provides a highly responsive material with a dynamic mechanical response strongly dependent on the amount of deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number028102
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2014


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