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On the Crack Spreading in Traverse Section of Bovine Bone

Longjia Li1,2, Tianbao Qian2,3, Fei Hang1, 2, *

South China University of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Guangzhou 510000, China.
National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and Reconstruction, Guangzhou 510000, China.
South China University of Technology, Medical school, Guangzhou 510000, China .

* Corresponding author: F. Hang. Email: .

Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics 2017, 14(4), 221-234.


Bone is an important natural hierarchical biomaterial which supports human body and protect organs. Its mechanical property has been researched extensively. In this experimental work, 3D microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to research crack expansion on bovine femur cortical bone transverse section. Softwares such as image J and Photoshop were used in image and data analyses. Our results suggested that the interface energy of extending through osteons is smaller than the interface energy of extending along cement lines. Cracks are more likely to extend through osteons. Further investigations are needed to reduce errors and validate our findings.


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Li, L., Qian, T., Hang, F. (2017). On the Crack Spreading in Traverse Section of Bovine Bone. Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, 14(4), 221–234.

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