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Nonlinear Elastic Behavior of Achilles Tendon at the Fascicle Scale

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Oluseeni A. Komolafe, Todd C. Doehring

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Paper No. SBC2007-176880, pp. 975-976; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Keystone, Colorado, USA, June 20–24, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4798-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Parallel collagen fibers such as ligaments and tendons are composed of fiber bundles, or fascicles, enclosed in a sheath of reticular membrane. In the Achilles tendon, these fascicles can be long, extending from the gastro-soleus unit to the calcaneal insertion site (Fig. 1). Although the overall functional behavior of the whole tendon is well established[1], there is little information detailing properties of individual fascicles or their interactions. Knowledge of the structural and biomechanical properties at the “mesostructural” scale (i.e. fascicle-scale) is critical to understanding tissue pathologies; in particular the processes involved in injury and healing, and the development of improved computational models and functional tissue engineered constructs.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Elasticity , Tendons



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