volume 29, issue 11, P1463-1471 1996
DOI: 10.1016/0021-9290(96)84542-8
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Abstract: Very few quantitative comparisons between mechanical test behavior of cortical bone and microscopic evidence of damage have been reported. In this study, the hypothesis that age-related degradation of mechanical properties in human cortical bone is associated with increases in damage in the form of microcracks was investigated. The initial modulus and yield stress were 6% (not significant) and 10% (p = 0.05) lower, respectively, in specimens from elderly femora than in specimens from young adult femora. Howeve…

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