Bone Stress Adaptation Models

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Stephen C. Cowin

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY 10031

J Biomech Eng 115(4B), 528-533 (Nov 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895535 History: Revised July 08, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


The basic concepts employed in formulating models of the process of stress adaptation in living bone tissue are reviewed. A purpose of this review is to define and separate issues in the formulation of bone remodeling theories. After discussing the rationale and objective of these models, the concepts and techniques involved in the modeling process are reviewed one by one. It is concluded that some techniques will be more successful than others in achieving the goals of computational bone remodeling. In particular, rationale is given for the preference of surface bone remodeling approaches over internal bone remodeling approaches, and for interactive multi-scale level, rather than mono-scale level, computational strategies.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Stress , Bone , Modeling
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