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Distribution of Stresses Within the Lung

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Mechanics of Breathing

  1. Joseph R. Rodarte1,
  2. Y. C. Fung2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030315

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Rodarte, J. R. and Fung, Y. C. 2011. Distribution of Stresses Within the Lung. Comprehensive Physiology. 233–245.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Internal Medicine and of Physiology and Biophysics, Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

  2. 2

    University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011


The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Why is Stress Distribution Nonuniform?
  • 2
    Why is it Important to Know Stress Distribution?
  • 3
    Simplifications Introduced to Analysis of Stress Distribution
  • 4
    Relationship Between Microscopic Structure and Macroscopic Properties
  • 5
    Material Properties of Lung Parenchyma
  • 6
    Meaning of Other Elastic Constants
  • 7
    Implications of Relative Magnitudes of Bulk and Shear Moduli
  • 8
    Macroscopic Lung Stress Distribution
  • 9
    Local Stress Distribution