GPU implementation of cellular traction forces in agent-based models
Wilbert Gorter

Supervisor TU Delft: Fred Vermolen

Site of the project:
Westlandseweg 40d
2624 AD Delft

Supervisor Vortech: Eli van Es

start of the project: September 2019

In June 2020 the Interim Thesis has appeared and a presentation has been given.

The Master project has been finished in January 2021 by the completion of the Masters Thesis and a final presentation has been given.

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Summary of the master project:
In many applications, think of rock mechanics, mathematical biology, one is faced with mixed dimensional problems. In the current work, we consider cells that migrate, divide, die, and differentiate through a medium that has much larger dimensions than the cell. The pulling forces that are exerted by the cells are modelled as point forces on the segments of the cell boundary. Since the number of cells can grow to large proportions, it is necessary to have an efficient implementation of the computational framework. In this project, we deal with finite-elements and cellular interactions where we use a GPU implementation. The current work is an extension of Eline Kleimann's work, where earlier chemical aspects were taken into account. The current work will allow the computation of stress and strain fields around the cells. This will be useful for the uncertainty quantification of the occurrence of contractures in burn injuries.

Contact information: Kees Vuik

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