Ching Theng Koh

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Fracture of Protein-based Materials

Ching Theng is working on multi-scale modeling of protein–particularly collagen–based materials with a particular emphasis on deformation and fracture. Fracture of collagenous tissues has two different types of relevancies within the context of medicine: firstly, fracture of connective tissues is associated with injury, as in the fracture of bones, rupture of knee ligaments, and cracking of cartilage and fibrocartilage in the knee joint; secondly, fracture of connective tissue membranes is a normal and required stage in a successful outcome concerning birth, where the fracture is colloquially referred to as the “breaking of waters”.

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