Articles | Volume 12, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5871-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5871-2015
Research article
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14 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 14 Oct 2015

Potential and limitations of finite element modelling in assessing structural integrity of coralline algae under future global change

L. A. Melbourne, J. Griffin, D. N. Schmidt, and E. J. Rayfield

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Using Finite element modelling (FEM) we show that a simplified geometric FE model can predict the structural strength of the coralline algal skeleton. We compared a series of 3D geometric FE-models with increasing complexity to a biologically accurate model derived from computed tomography (CT) scan data. Using geometric models provides the basis for a better understanding of the potential effect of climate change on the structural integrity of these organisms.
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