Structural Properties of Immature Canine Bone

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P. A. Torzilli, K. Takebe

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan

A. H. Burstein, K. G. Heiple

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Department of Biomechanics, The Hospital for Special Surgery, Affiliated with The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y. 10021

J Biomech Eng 103(4), 232-238 (Nov 01, 1981) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138286 History: Received March 30, 1981; Revised July 22, 1981; Online June 15, 2009


Structural properties of growing canine long bones were determined from three and four-point bending tests. Mechanical and geometric properties were found to follow a biphasic growth process, with a rapid increase in bending strength and moment of inertia from 1 to 24 wk of age and a substantially decreased rate thereafter to maturity. Predicted bone tissue material properties were also found to follow this biphasic developmental process.

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