Effect of Specimen Thickness on Fracture Toughness of Bovine Patellar Cartilage

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D. J. Adams

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, MC-4037, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030

K. M. Brosche, J. L. Lewis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

J Biomech Eng 125(6), 927-929 (Jan 09, 2004) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1635405 History: Received December 31, 2002; Revised April 22, 2003; Online January 09, 2004
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Modified single edged notch (MSEN) specimen. An initial crack is cut in the cartilage and propagated toward the surface as the load is applied parallel to the surface via clamps on the bone. Specimen geometry, overall dimension, thickness (b) and crack length (i.e., a/W) are used in the calculation of fracture toughness using the analytical solution derived by Chin-Purcell and Lewis (1996).
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The critical crack tip opening angle (CTOA) at the onset of crack propagation was measured from a magnified video recording of each test. CTOA is analogous to the common fracture mechanics parameter of crack tip opening displacement (CTOD), but obviates the influence of tissue modulus and crack length, a/W, in the measurement of crack opening.
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Fracture toughness (Jc) measured in thin and thick bovine specimens demonstrated substantial variation and did not suggest a dependence on thickness.



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