Age-Dependent Influence of Strain Rate on the Tensile Failure of Rat-Tail Tendon

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R. C. Haut

Crash Injury Section, Biomedical Science Department, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Mich. 48090

J Biomech Eng 105(3), 296-299 (Aug 01, 1983) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138422 History: Received July 06, 1982; Revised April 05, 1983; Online June 15, 2009


Sensitivity of tensile strength, failure strain, and failure energy density to strain rate was studied for rat-tail tendon (RTT), a collagen-rich connective tissue. Tendons from animals aged 1–27 months were stretched at a high (720 percent/s) and low (3.6 percent/s) strain rate. Each failure parameter increased with strain rate. However, the sensitivity of tendon failure to rate of strain decreased rapidly during growth and sexual maturation of the animal. The study provides basic data on the rate-sensitive strength of collagen fibers using RTT.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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