We have now learned much about the variable structure of the material inside bones. Previously, we learned that the muscle forces acting on the skeleton are quite large relative to the forces exerted on it by the outside world. It is now time to bring these two aspects of skeletal tissue mechanics together: to learn how strong bones are relative to the loads they must bear, and how the mechanical properties of bones depend on their structure.
KeywordsCortical Bone Cancellous Bone Ultimate Stress Human Femur Haversian Canal
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