Experimental validation of a nonlinear μ FE model based on cohesive-frictional plasticity for trabecular bone

Schwiedrzik, J.; Gross, T.; Bina, M.; Pretterklieber, M.; Zysset, Philippe; Pahr, D. (2016). Experimental validation of a nonlinear μ FE model based on cohesive-frictional plasticity for trabecular bone. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 32(4), e02739. Wiley 10.1002/cnm.2739

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Trabecular bone is a porous mineralized tissue playing a major load bearing role in the human body. Prediction of age-related and disease-related fractures and the behavior of bone implant systems needs a thorough understanding of its structure-mechanical property relationships, which can be obtained using microcomputed tomography-based finite element modeling. In this study, a nonlinear model for trabecular bone as a cohesive-frictional material was implemented in a large-scale computational framework and validated by comparison of μFE simulations with experimental tests in uniaxial tension and compression. A good correspondence of stiffness and yield points between simulations and experiments was found for a wide range of bone volume fraction and degree of anisotropy in both tension and compression using a non-calibrated, average set of material parameters. These results demonstrate the ability of the model to capture the effects leading to failure of bone for three anatomical sites and several donors, which may be used to determine the apparent behavior of trabecular bone and its evolution with age, disease, and treatment in the future.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics ISTB [discontinued]

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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Schwiedrzik, Johann Jakob, Zysset, Philippe


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Philippe Zysset

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14 Dec 2015 12:00

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05 Dec 2022 14:50

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