Ultrasonic Measurement of Orthotropic Elastic Constants of Bovine Femoral Bone

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W. C. Van Buskirk, S. C. Cowin, R. N. Ward

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 70118

J Biomech Eng 103(2), 67-72 (May 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138262 History: Received August 12, 1980; Revised November 05, 1980; Online June 15, 2009


Using a pulse transmission ultrasound method, we have determined the elastic properties of bone samples taken from along the length and around the periphery of a bovine femur. Twenty specimens, in the form of 5-mm cubes, were tested. All nine of the orthotropic elastic constants were determined for each specimen. Analysis of our data indicate that there are statistically significant variations from the usual assumption of transverse isotropy.

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