Fracture in human cortical bone : local fracture criteria and toughening mechanisms

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1517-1525
Journal / PublicationJournal of Biomechanics
Volume38
Issue number7
Online published11 Sep 2004
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Micromechanical models for fracture initiation that incorporate local failure criteria have been widely developed for metallic and ceramic materials; however, few such micromechanical models have been developed for the fracture of bone. In fact, although the fracture event in "hard" mineralized tissues such as bone is commonly believed to be locally strain-controlled, only recently has there been experimental evidence (using double-notched four-point bend testing) to support this widely held belief. In the present study, we seek to shed further light on the nature of the local cracking events that precede catastrophic fracture in human cortical bone, and to define their relationship to the microstructure. Specifically, numerical computations are reported that demonstrate that the stress and strain states ahead of such a notch are qualitatively similar irrespective of the deformation mechanism (pressure-insensitive plasticity vs. pressure-sensitive microcracking). Furthermore, we use the double-notched test to examine crack-microstructure interactions from a perspective of determining the salient toughening mechanisms in bone and to characterize how these may affect the anisotropy in fracture properties. Based on preliminary micromechanical models of these processes, the relative contributions of various toughening mechanisms are established. In particular, crack deflection and uncracked-ligament bridging are identified as the major mechanisms of toughening in cortical bone. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Bone, Fracture, Microstructure, Toughening

Citation Format(s)

Fracture in human cortical bone : local fracture criteria and toughening mechanisms. / Nalla, R.K.; Stölken, J.S.; Kinney, J.H.; Ritchie, R.O.

In: Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 38, No. 7, 07.2005, p. 1517-1525.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review