Mechanical Properties of Bone

  • R. Bruce Martin
  • David B. Burr
  • Neil A. Sharkey


We have now learned much about the variable structure of the material inside bones. Previously, we learned that the muscle forces acting on the skeleton are quite large relative to the forces exerted on it by the outside world. It is now time to bring these two aspects of skeletal tissue mechanics together: to learn how strong bones are relative to the loads they must bear, and how the mechanical properties of bones depend on their structure.


Cortical Bone Cancellous Bone Ultimate Stress Human Femur Haversian Canal 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Bruce Martin
    • 1
  • David B. Burr
    • 2
  • Neil A. Sharkey
    • 3
  1. 1.Orthopaedics Research Laboratories, Research Building IUniversity of California Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, MS 259Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Center for Locomotion StudiesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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