Model to study the tensile failure of tendon

H. Liao, S. M. Belkoff

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It is generally accepted that the non-linear elastic response of tendon is attributed to the sequential uncrimping and stretching of collagen fibers. We propose that the failure mechanism of tendon can similarly be described by the sequential rupturing of individual collagen fibers. Based on these two concepts, we developed a microstructural model to describe the failure of tendon. This model was used to analyze the stress-strain response of irradiated and non-irradiated patellar tendon allografts. The model fit the date well and indicated irradiation-induced changes in the microstructure consistent with those reported in the literature. These results suggest that the microstructural model presented here may be a useful tool in assessing the failure response of tendons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Bioengineering
EditorsJohn M. Tarbell
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0791810313
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1993Dec 3 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED


OtherProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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