The Mechanical Properties of Bone

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The mechanical properties of bone include all of the properties measured and all of the mathematical complexities developed by engineers to understand and use solid materials to build houses, cars and electronics. Fortunately, only some of the mechanical properties and almost none of the mathematical complexity are needed to understand the important functional properties of bone. In life, the important mechanical properties result in a bone that is strong, tough and sufficiently long lived that it does not hurt or break when we use it! Whole bone properties come both from the structure (the anatomy) and the material properties of the hard tissue. This chapter considers the effects of anatomy first and then examines key mechanical properties of the hard tissue that are essential to function. It aims to understand the mechanical properties of bone without the engineering complexity. The chapter uses example mechanical tests as illustrations and relegates mathematical analysis to separate sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOsteoporosis in Men
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780123746023
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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