Detailed Analysis of Deformation Behavior of Plexiform Bone Using Small Specimen Testing and Finite Element Simulation

  • Nitin Kumar Sharma
  • Swati Sharma
  • Daya K. Sehgal
  • Rama Kant Pandey
Conference paper


Bone is a complex anisotropic and heterogeneous material. The structure of bone material is considered to be hierarchical in nature that changes from nano to macro level. Small punch testing, used in the present study, is a very useful technique to analyze the deformational behavior of materials that are difficult to obtain in a sufficient size for conventional mechanical testing. The finite element modeling (FEM) of small punch testing was carried out using ABAQUS code. The material properties of cortical bone for FE simulation were considered to be both isotropic and transversely isotropic in nature. This study shows that isotropic tensile properties of cortical bone are sufficient to predict the deformational behavior of cortical under small punch testing.


Anisotropy Cortical bone Finite element simulation Heterogeneity Small punch testing Transversely isotropic material 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nitin Kumar Sharma
    • 1
  • Swati Sharma
    • 2
  • Daya K. Sehgal
    • 2
  • Rama Kant Pandey
    • 2
  1. 1.School of TechnologyThe Glocal UniversitySaharanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Applied MechanicsIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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