Small-scale mechanical testing: Applications to bone biomechanics and mechanobiology
Mechanical testing of biologic tissues requires flexible testing machines to accommodate a variety of testing needs. This paper will illustrate how a cost-effective testing platform was developed to accommodate a wide range of biomechanical testing applications including bone bending and torsion testing, soft tissue tensile testing and bone cell stimulation via fluid shear and substrate deformation. The goal is to demonstrate to the reader that unique issues arise when testing biologic tissues such as controlling for environment and maintaining specimen viability, but with proper care relatively reproducible and accurate testing results can be obtained with a simple, multi-purpose platform.
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