Measurement of bovine bone properties through surface indentation technique

Lau, Mei-ling and Lau, Kin-tak and Yao Yeo, Yan-Dong and Au Yeung, Chi-ting and Lee, Joong-hee (2010) Measurement of bovine bone properties through surface indentation technique. Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 25 (5). pp. 324-328. ISSN 1042-6914


The mechanical and microstructural properties of cortical bovine bone have been extensively studied due to the fact that its micro-structural components would significantly reflect the global mechanical behavior of the bone. The objective of this article is to study the elastic modulus and hardness of a bovine cortical bone, in both longitudinal and transverse directions by using nanoindentation technique. The moduli in the longitudinal and transverse directions were recorded as 16.23 GPa and 10.26 GPa, respectively. While the hardness readings in the longitudinal and transverse directions were 0.505 GPa and 0.387 GPa, respectively. According to the result shown, it is suggested that heterogeneous properties of the bone is assumed and the measurements of their properties are highly dependent on tissue types, anatomical location and bone mineral content distribution.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 09:41
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: bone properties; nanoindentation; tissue engineering
Fields of Research : 10 Technology > 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology > 100199 Agricultural Biotechnology not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060601 Animal Physiology - Biophysics
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090302 Biomechanical Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10426911003748137

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