Indentation versus tensile measurements of young's modulus for soft biological tissues

Clayton T. McKee, Julie A. Last, Paul Russell, Christopher J Murphy

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Abstract

In this review, we compare the reported values of Young's modulus (YM) obtained from indentation and tensile deformations of soft biological tissues. When the method of deformation is ignored, YM values for any given tissue typically span several orders of magnitude. If the method of deformation is considered, then a consistent and less ambiguous result emerges. On average, YM values for soft tissues are consistently lower when obtained by indentation deformations. We discuss the implications and potential impact of this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalTissue Engineering - Part B: Reviews
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry

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