The Time and History-Dependent Viscoelastic Properties of the Canine Medial Collateral Ligament

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S. L.-Y. Woo, M. A. Gomez, W. H. Akeson

Divison of Orthopedic Surgery, Veterans Administration Medical Center and University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif. 92093

J Biomech Eng 103(4), 293-298 (Nov 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138295 History: Received April 27, 1979; Revised July 08, 1981; Online June 15, 2009


The viscoelastic properties of the canine medial collateral ligament (MCL) were investigated. Stress-strain relationships at different strain rates, long-term stress relaxation and cyclic stress-strain curves of the MCL were obtained experimentally using a bone-MCL-bone preparation. The experimental data were used in conjunction with the quasi-linear viscoelastic theory as proposed by Fung [15] to characterize the reduced relaxation function, G(t) and elastic response σe (ε) of this tissue. It was found that the quasi-linear viscoelastic theory can adequately describe the time and history-dependent rheological properties of the canine medial collateral ligament.

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