THE FRACTURE MECHANICS OF BONE

David Taylor        

Anales de la Mecánica de la Fractura, nº 23 . 2006 . Pág. 7 -12
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Resumen: The application of fracture mechanics concepts to bone is a fascinating area for study, and one which is ripe for new developments. In some respects bone can be assessed using methods already developed for load-bearing engineering materials, but in other ways bone is very different, because it is a living material, capable of self-repair and adaptation. An understanding of these issues, as well as being interesting from a fundamental point of view, is vital for the study of injuries such as stress fractures and medical conditions such as osteoporosis. This paper reviews recent work on the toughness of bone, on slow crack growth in the material, including fatigue, and on attempts to model the complex interaction of fatigue damage, repair and adaptation.

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Trinity Collage, Dublín , Ireland