Biomechanical modelation of Ravenala madagascariensis petiole

  • Andres Valencia Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
  • Diego Celentano Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Paulina Fernandez Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Keywords: Ravenala madagascariensis, Petiole, Structural efficiency, biomechanics modeling


The use of shape transformers methodology, local buckling Brazier model and finite elements analysisis to model the Ravenala madagascariensis petiole allows to discover how the relation between shape and mater gives to the plant a structural support to bear high bending and torsion loads without fail. The combination of an elliptical stiff perimeter (epidermis) reinforced with a highly ordered cellular core (aerenchyma) gives to Ravenala petiole two very efficient and secure stability mechanisms.

Author Biographies

Andres Valencia, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Industrial Design Faculty
Diego Celentano, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Civil - Mechanical Engineering Department
Paulina Fernandez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Ecosystems and Environment Department

1A Modelling plant structure