Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 8, Number 3, December 1999
|Page(s)||257 - 263|
|Published online||15 December 1999|
Remodeling of the bone material containing microcracks: A theoretical analysis
Université Paris Val de Marne, Faculté des Sciences et Technologie,
Laboratoire de Mécanique Physique (ESA 7052 du CNRS),
61 avenue du général de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil Cedex, France
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 16 September 1999
Accepted: 16 September 1999
Published online: 15 December 1999
The question is, what happens when the bone loses its ability for load-driven adaptation, when damage is no longer repaired as it seems to be the case for bone loss associated with age, medication or disease? In this study, we tempt to show how damage can influence the remodeling process. A thermodynamic theoretical framework is therefore provided as a basis for a consistent formulation of bone remodeling involving a chemical reaction and mass transfer between two constituents in presence of microcracks.
PACS: 46.05.+b – General theory of continuum mechanics of solids / 46.50.+a – Fracture mechanics, fatigue and cracks
© EDP Sciences, 1999
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