Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 217–225 | Cite as

The response of compact bone in tension at various strain rates

  • R. D. Crowninshield
  • M. H. Pope


The paper examines the behavior of anisotropic compact bone in tension at a range of strain rates. Specimens of fresh bovine bone were loaded at strain rates between. 001 and 200 sec−1. This bone was shown to exhibit considerable plasticity throughout the range, except when tested in a direction normal to the long axis. The modulus of elasticity, breaking stress and breaking strain were found to vary with strain rate. There is a maximum energy absorbtion capability at a strain rate of .1 sec−1.


Maximum Energy Compact Bone Bovine Bone Breaking Strain Considerable Plasticity 
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© Academic Press, Inc. 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Crowninshield
    • 1
  • M. H. Pope
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of VermontVermontBurlington
  2. 2.Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of VermontBurlington

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