Modeling of trabecular bone as a hierarchical material

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We study bone as a hierarchical material and predict its elastic properties at several scales: nanoscale (below 1 |xm), sub-microscale (1-10 |xm), microscale (10-500 |Jim), mesoscale (0.5-10 cm), and macroscale (1-50 cm). First, we characterize bone's hierarchical structure and do measurements at several different scales. These serve as inputs in the theoretical study. Then we predict bone's constitutive laws either analytically or numerically. Numerical methods employed include the finite element, spring network and beam network approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2003
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780080529479
ISBN (Print)9780080440460
StatePublished - Jun 2 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone
  • Constitutive laws
  • Hierarchical structure
  • Matrix-inclusion composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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