167. MODELING OF THE OSTEOPOROTIC DEGRADATION OF ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF TRABECULAR BONE

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Joanna Mckittrick | Vlado A. Lubarda

Primary Student
Name: Ekaterina Evdokimenko
Email: eevdokim@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-534-5513
Grad Year: 2013

Abstract
An analysis of osteoporotic degradation of elastic moduli of trabecular bone is presented. Two evolution equations are introduced, one for the rate of mass loss of the mineral content, and the other for the protein loss of trabecular bone. These losses are associated with the bone density and the volume changes, for which appropriate equations are proposed. With additional evolution equations for morphological parameters accounting for the trabecular microarchitecture, the evolution equations are derived for elastic moduli of deproteinized, demineralized and composite trabecular bone. An appealing special case is considered in which it is assumed that the relative ratios of the mineral and protein loss are equal to each other during progression of osteoporosis. The cellular mechanics approach is used to express the bulk moduli of elasticity in terms of trabecular moduli of elasticity, and the corresponding density ratios. An appropriate weight function is introduced to describe the mineral/protein interaction effects and the departure from an ideal mixture rule. The material parameters are specified from experimental results obtained by compressive testing of untreated, deproteinized, and demineralized trabecular bovine femur bone. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, Ceramics Program (Grant 1006931).

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  1. MECMAT1876.pdf

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