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Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials

Hannah M Gustafson, Peter A Cripton, Stephen J Ferguson, Benedikt Helgason
The purpose of this study was to load cadaveric vertebral bodies (n=6) in compression and compare the response, measured with digital image correlation (DIC) on the cortex, with the predicted response from specimen-specific vertebral finite element (FE) models. Five modulus-density relationships were evaluated, and for the strongest modulus-density relationship, the correlation between the DIC and FE displacements had R(2) values from 0.75 to 0.93. The stiffnesses derived from the DIC measurements were strongly predicted by the FE stiffnesses (R(2)=0...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
S Chauhan, K Manoj, S Rastogi, S A Khan, A Prasad
Extra Corporeal irradiation and Reimplantation Therapy (ECRT) is an established biological reconstruction technique of limb salvage surgery for malignant bone tumor. Several studies have focused on clinical outcome of the procedure, but biomechanical changes post ECRT procedure are not well established. The present study investigates changes in strength, deformation, and composition of cortical bone obtained post en block resection from five patients suffering from ECRT, and the results are verified against age-match control specimen from cadaver...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Jonathan T Kaplan, Corey P Neu, Hicham Drissi, Nancy C Emery, David M Pierce
Osteoarthritis and articular cartilage injuries are common conditions in human joints and a frequent cause of pain and disability. Unfortunately, cartilage is avascular and has limited capabilities for self-repair. Despite the societal impact, there is little information on the dynamic process of cartilage degeneration. We performed a series of cyclic unconfined compression tests motivated by in vivo loading conditions and designed to generate mechanical fatigue. We examined the functional (both stress-stretch and creep) responses of the tissue after recovery from a specified number of loading cycles, as well as histology and second harmonic generation microscopy images...
October 1, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Sourabh Boruah, Damien L Subit, Glenn R Paskoff, Barry S Shender, Jeff R Crandall, Robert S Salzar
The strength and compliance of the dense cortical layers of the human skull have been examined since the beginning of the 20th century with the wide range in the observed mechanical properties attributed to natural biological variance. Since this variance may be explained by the difference in structural arrangement of bone tissue, micro-computed tomography (µCT) was used in conjunction with mechanical testing to study the relationship between the microstructure of human skull cortical coupons and their mechanical response...
October 1, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Lawrence Szewciw, Francois Barthelat
Teleost fish skin is a multifunctional natural material with high penetration resistance owing to specialized puncture mechanisms of both the individual scale and the intact scaled integument. In this paper, we explore the possible additional role of the skin in fish undulatory locomotion by examining the structural and mechanical properties of the dermal stratum (s.) compactum layer of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) skin. The structure, mechanical response and function of s. compactum was investigated by combining several methods: optical microscopy and histology, tensile tests on descaled skin specimens in different anatomical locations and orientations, puncture tests, and flexural tests on whole fish with disruption of the s...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Jie Fu, Hee Young Kim, Shuichi Miyazaki
In this study a new superelastic Ti-18Zr-4.5Nb-3Sn-2Mo alloy was prepared by adding 2at% of Mo as a substitute for Nb to the Ti-18Zr-11Nb-3Sn alloy, and heat treatment at different temperatures was conducted. The temperature dependence of superelasticity and annealing texture was investigated. Texture showed a dependence of annealing temperature: the specimen annealed at 923K for 0.3ks exhibited {113}β<47¯1>β type texture which was similar to the deformation texture, while specimens annealed at 973, 1073K, and 1173K showed {001}β<110>β type recrystallization texture which was preferable for recovery strain...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Christof B Clemen, Günther E K Benderoth, Andreas Schmidt, Frank Hübner, Thomas J Vogl, Gerhard Silber
In this study, useful methods for active human skeletal muscle material parameter determination are provided. First, a straightforward approach to the implementation of a transversely isotropic hyperelastic continuum mechanical material model in an invariant formulation is presented. This procedure is found to be feasible even if the strain energy is formulated in terms of invariants other than those predetermined by the software's requirements. Next, an appropriate experimental setup for the observation of activation-dependent material behavior, corresponding data acquisition, and evaluation is given...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Steven J Walden, Sam L Evans, Jacqui Mulville
The purpose of this study was to determine how the Vickers hardness (HV) of bone varies during soft tissue putrefaction. This has possible forensic applications, notably for determining the postmortem interval. Experimental porcine bone samples were decomposed in surface and burial deposition scenarios over a period of 6 months. Although the Vickers hardness varied widely, it was found that when transverse axial hardness was subtracted from longitudinal axial hardness, the difference showed correlations with three distinct phases of soft tissue putrefaction...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Lisa Falland-Cheung, J Neil Waddell, Milad Soltanipour Lazarjan, Mark C Jermy, Taylor Winter, Darryl Tong, Paul A Brunton
The suitability of agar/glycerol/water and agar/glycerol mixtures as brain simulants was investigated. Test specimens (n=15) (50x27×37mm) were fabricated for these different mixtures and conditioned to 12°C, 22°C, and 26°C prior to testing. For comparison, fresh deer brain specimens (n=20) were sourced and prepared to the same dimensions as the agar/glycerol(/water) mixtures and conditioned to 12°C and 37°C. High impact tests were carried out with a 0.22-caliber air rifle pellet and a high-speed camera was used to record the projectile as it passed through the specimens, allowing for energy loss and vertical displacement velocity calculation...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Sajjad Jafari, R K Singh Raman, Chris H J Davies, Joelle Hofstetter, Peter J Uggowitzer, Jörg F Löffler
Magnesium (Mg) alloys have attracted great attention as potential materials for biodegradable implants. It is essential that an implant material possesses adequate resistance to cracking/fracture under the simultaneous actions of corrosion and mechanical stresses, i.e., stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and/or corrosion fatigue (CF). This study investigates the deformation behaviour of a newly developed high-strength low-alloy Mg alloy, MgZn1Ca0.3 (ZX10), processed at two different extrusion temperatures of 325 and 400°C (named E325 and E400, respectively), under slow strain tensile and cyclic tension-compression loadings in air and modified simulated body fluid (m-SBF)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Elia Marin, Alfredo Rondinella, Wenliang Zhu, Bryan J McEntire, B Sonny Bal, Giuseppe Pezzotti
The effect of frictional sliding on the surface degradation of commercially available zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA) femoral heads was studied using a pin-on-ball wear tester under three different lubricating conditions: dry, water, and squalene. Water and squalene were employed under boundary lubrication regimes. Despite the unique (non-standard) character of this apparatus, standard loading conditions could be applied, which effectively determined dynamic friction coefficients as basic material properties...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Guilherme Teixeira Theodoro, Lívia Fiorin, Izabela Cristina Maurício Moris, Renata Cristina Silveira Rodrigues, Ricardo Faria Ribeiro, Adriana Cláudia Lapria Faria
Dental ceramics have been widely used because of aesthetic, but wear is still questioned. There are relates that ceramic surface is prone to degradation by acidulated fluoride, that can increase wear rates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of neutral and acidulated fluoride gel, used as preventive agents for professional use, at wear and compression strength of dental ceramics IPS e.max ZirPress (ZIR), IPS Empress Esthetic (EMP) e IPS Inline POM (POM). For this, 30 crowns and 30 disks were obtained by heat-pressing...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Yu-Fu Wang, Carlos M Barrera, Edward A Dauer, Weiyong Gu, Fotios Andreopoulos, C-Y Charles Huang
One of the key challenges in porous scaffold design is to create a porous structure with desired mechanical function and mass transport properties which support delivery of biofactors and development of function tissue substitute. In recent years, polyurethane (PU) has become one of the most popular biomaterials in various tissue engineering fields. However, there are no studies fully investigating the relations between porosity and both mass transport and mechanical properties of PU porous scaffolds. In this paper, we fabricated PU scaffolds by combining phase inversion and salt (sodium chloride) leaching methods...
September 23, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Ryo Suzuki, Kohta Ito, Taeyong Lee, Naomichi Ogihara
Accurate identification of the material properties of the plantar soft tissue is important for computer-aided analysis of foot pathologies and design of therapeutic footwear interventions based on subject-specific models of the foot. However, parameter identification of the hyperelastic material properties of plantar soft tissues usually requires an inverse finite element analysis due to the lack of a practical contact model of the indentation test. In the present study, we derive an analytical contact model of a spherical indentation test in order to directly estimate the material properties of the plantar soft tissue...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
B Staber, J Guilleminot
In this work, we address the constitutive modeling, in a probabilistic framework, of the hyperelastic response of soft biological tissues. The aim is on the one hand to mimic the mean behavior and variability that are typically encountered in the experimental characterization of such materials, and on the other hand to derive mathematical models that are almost surely consistent with the theory of nonlinear elasticity. Towards this goal, we invoke information theory and discuss a stochastic model relying on a low-dimensional parametrization...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
E David Bell, Anthony J Donato, Kenneth L Monson
Cerebral blood vessels are vital to maintaining the health of the brain. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) commonly results in autoregulatory dysfunction and associated failure of cerebral vessels to maintain homeostasis in the brain. While post-injury changes to brain biochemistry are known to contribute to this dysfunction, tissue deformation may also directly alter vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) function. As a first step toward understanding stretch-induced dysfunction, this study investigates the effect of overstretch on the contractile behavior of SMCs in middle cerebral arteries (MCAs)...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
S C Cifuentes, E Frutos, R Benavente, V Lorenzo, J L González-Carrasco
This work deals with the mechanical characterization by depth-sensing indentation (DSI) of PLLA and PLDA composites reinforced with micro-particles of Mg (up to 15wt%), which is a challenging task since the indented volume must provide information of the bulk composite, i.e. contain enough reinforcement particles. The composites were fabricated by combining hot extrusion and compression moulding. Physico-chemical characterization by TGA and DSC indicates that Mg anticipates the thermal degradation of the polymers but does not compromise their stability during processing...
September 21, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Yan-Lin Liu, Guo-Yang Li, Ping He, Ze-Qi Mao, Yanping Cao
Determining the mechanical properties of brain tissues is essential in such cases as the surgery planning and surgical training using virtual reality based simulators, trauma research and the diagnosis of some diseases that alter the elastic properties of brain tissues. Here, we suggest a protocol to measure the temperature-dependent elastic properties of brain tissues in physiological saline using the shear wave elastography method. Experiments have been conducted on six porcine brains. Our results show that the shear moduli of brain tissues decrease approximately linearly with a slope of -0...
September 21, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Anji Anura, Debanjan Das, Mousumi Pal, Ranjan Rashmi Paul, Soumen Das, Jyotirmoy Chatterjee
Oral sub-mucous fibrosis (OSF), a potentially malignant disorder, exhibits extensive remodeling of extra-cellular matrix in the form of sub-epithelial fibrosis which is a possible sequel of assaults from different oral habit related irritants. It has been assumed that micro/nanobio-mechanical imbalance experienced in the oral mucosa due to fibrosis may be deterministic for malignant potential (7-13%) of this pathosis. Present study explores changes in mechanobiological attributes of sub-epithelial connective tissue of OSF and the normal counterpart...
September 20, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Sandra Murcia, Ellen Lavoie, Tim Linley, Arun Devaraj, E Alex Ossa, D Arola
Fish scales exhibit a unique balance of flexibility, strength and toughness, which is essential to provide protection without encumbering locomotion. Although the mechanical behavior and structure of this natural armor are of recent interest, a comparison of these qualities from scales of different fish species has not been reported. In this investigation the armor of fish with different locomotion, size and protection needs were analyzed. Scales from the Arapaima gigas, the tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) and the carp (Cyprinus carpio) were compared in terms of the stacking sequence of individual plies and their microstructure...
September 20, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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