Design and Performance of a Modified Buckle Transducer for the Measurement of Ligament Tension

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D. Barry, A. M. Ahmed

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

J Biomech Eng 108(2), 149-152 (May 01, 1986) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138594 History: Received June 24, 1985; Revised December 20, 1985; Online June 12, 2009


The basic features of a modified buckle transducer for the direct in-situ measurement of tension in ligamentous or tendonous tissues are described. The slender shape of the modified design allows measurement in ligaments located in confined spaces with reduced risk of physical interference between the transducer and adjacent bony structures. In addition, simultaneous measurements in different fiber groups of the same ligament are made convenient. The design procedure of the proposed transducer and its performance characteristics are described.

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