The initial, rapid, flow independent, apparent stress relaxation of articular cartilage disks deformed by unconfined compressive displacement is shown to be consistent with the theory of polymer dynamics. A relaxation function for polymers based upon a mechanistic model of molecular interaction (reptation) appropriately approximated early, flow independent relaxation of stress. It is argued that the theory of polymer dynamics, with its reliance on mechanistic models of molecular interaction, is an appropriate technique for application to and the understanding of rapid, flow independent, stress relaxation in cartilage.
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- Biomedical Engineering