Trabecular bone as a hierarchical material: Elasticity and fracture

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We study trabecular bone as a hierarchical material. First, we characterize the trabecular bone's structure at the following structural levels: nanoscale (apatite crystals and collagen fibril level), sub-microscale (single lamella level), microscale (single trabecular pocket or single trabecula level), and mesoscale (porous trabecular network level) using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. We focus on bone's structure as well as crack patterns observed at these different structural levels. Then, we model the trabecular bone at each structural level as a linear elastic solid. Modeling techniques include analytical micromechanics theories and numerical simulations involving finite element, spring network, and beam network approaches. We compare our theoretical results at each scale with our experimental measurements and observations. This study sets a framework for the analysis of other biological materials with hierarchical structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference, 2005 SBC
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference - Vail, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2005Jun 26 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference


Other2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVail, CO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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