Understanding functional principles of frost‐resistant plant tissues under frost conditions is considered as an important milestone with regard to frost damage prevention in construction materials, as plant tissues are capable to withstand many freezing and thawing cycles without any damage. This contribution introduces a modelling approach for the biological role model based on the Theory of Porous Media (TPM) with an emphasis on structural properties and the phase transition of extracellular water. The presented numerical examples show the ice formation, represented by a frost front, where also structural effects of the plant's microstructure, such as inhomogeneity, can be considered in a numerical investigation. (© 2017 Wiley‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)
Proceedings in Applied Mathematics & Mechanics – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2017
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