Biomechanics of Diarthrodial Joints: A Review of Twenty Years of Progress

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Van C. Mow, Gerard A. Ateshian

Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032

Robert L. Spilker

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering & Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

J Biomech Eng 115(4B), 460-467 (Nov 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895525 History: Revised July 19, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


A survey of some of the advances made over the past twenty years in understanding diarthrodial joint biomechanics is presented. Topics covered in this review include: biotribology (i.e., friction, lubrication and wear of diarthrodial joints); contact area determinations; stereophotogrammetric rendering of articular surfaces; deformational field analysis using canonical problems; and finite element formulations for both infinitesimal and finite deformations of diphasic materials and precise anatomic surfaces. Suggestions are made for future research directions as well.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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