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Tailoring the Gross Morphology of the Tendon-to-Bone Insertion for the Reduction of Stress Concentrations

[+] Author Affiliations
Yanxin Liu, Stavros Thomopoulos, Guy M. Genin

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Victor Birman

Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Louis, MO

Chanqing Chen

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. SBC2011-53636, pp. 1017-1018; 2 pages
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA, June 22–25, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5458-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Attaching dissimilar materials is a major challenge in engineering, and has proven to be a challenge in surgical practice as well [1]. At the tensile connection of tendon to bone, a two order-of-magnitude mismatch exists, leading to stress concentrations and the potential for failure [2–3]. Here, we examine one material attachment strategy employed at this connection to achieve effective load transfer between a healing tendon and bone: shaping of gross tissue morphology [4]. Our ultimate goal is to understand the mechanisms of stress transfer at the tendon-to-bone insertion. This understanding may lead to biomimetic attachment strategies that will benefit engineering practice and improve surgical healing outcomes.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Stress , Bone , Tendons



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