A hypothetical mechanism for the stimulation of osteonal remodelling by fatigue damage

R. B. Martin, David Burr

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Abstract

This paper presents a theory describing mechanisms by which repetitive stress initiates remodelling in compact bone. The theory is based on the observation that the lamellar structure of osteons arrests and traps microcracks produced by cyclic loading. Debonding of an osteon by a crack may produce changes in the Haversian canal wall adjacent to the rack which initiate a new secondary osteon. The repair of damaged areas by secondary osteons prevents the accumulation of microdamage due to repetitive loading and protects compact bone from fatigue failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Haversian System
Fatigue damage
Fatigue
Bone
Lamellar structures
Debonding
Microcracks
Canals
Repair
Fatigue of materials
Cracks

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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A hypothetical mechanism for the stimulation of osteonal remodelling by fatigue damage. / Martin, R. B.; Burr, David.

In: Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1982, p. 137-139.

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Martin, R. B. ; Burr, David. / A hypothetical mechanism for the stimulation of osteonal remodelling by fatigue damage. In: Journal of Biomechanics. 1982 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 137-139.
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