Bone is a topic of great interest for researchers, such as biologists or engineers, both interested in understanding the structurerelated properties of bone and how they are affected by aging, disease and therapies. In particular, a topic of common interest between medicine and engineering is the fracture behavior of bone. Indeed, a thorough understanding of the mechanical behavior of bone is helpful to predict the fracture risk, but it can also provide the basis for the design of de novo biomimetic materials. In this paper, we show the initial results of an experimental study of the mechanical behavior of bovine bone, with a special focus on fracture toughness. The latter is evaluated under tensile and bending loading, by following the ASTM adopted for metals. Finally, we perform microscopic observations to better understand the fracture behavior and correlate it with the microscopic structure.

Bone toughness and crack propagation: An experimental study

LIBONATI, FLAVIA;VERGANI, LAURA MARIA
2014

Abstract

Bone is a topic of great interest for researchers, such as biologists or engineers, both interested in understanding the structurerelated properties of bone and how they are affected by aging, disease and therapies. In particular, a topic of common interest between medicine and engineering is the fracture behavior of bone. Indeed, a thorough understanding of the mechanical behavior of bone is helpful to predict the fracture risk, but it can also provide the basis for the design of de novo biomimetic materials. In this paper, we show the initial results of an experimental study of the mechanical behavior of bovine bone, with a special focus on fracture toughness. The latter is evaluated under tensile and bending loading, by following the ASTM adopted for metals. Finally, we perform microscopic observations to better understand the fracture behavior and correlate it with the microscopic structure.
Proceedings of the XVII International Colloquium on Mechanical Fatigue of Metals (ICMFM17)
Biomimetic materials, Bone, Crack, Fracture toughness
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