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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

CiteScore 2018: 0.47

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.377

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Biphasic parameter identification of equine articular cartilage from creep indentation data using an optimized 3D FE-based method

Thomas Reuter / Christof Hurschler
Published Online: 2018-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0115


Mechanical parameters of hard and soft tissues are explicit markers for quantitative tissue characterization. In this study, we present a biphasic 3D-FE-based method to determine the biomechanical properties of equine articular cartilage from creep indentation tests (F = 0.1 N, t = 1000 s). The FE-model computation was optimized by exploiting the axial symmetry and mesh resolution. Parameter identification was executed with the Levenberg-Marquardt-algorithm. Additionally, sensitivity analyses of the calculated biomechanical parameters were performed. Results show that the Young’s modulus has the largest influence and the Poisson’s ratio of ν ≤ 0.1 is rather insensitive. The R² of the fit results varies between 0.882 and 0.974. The determined values for the Young’s modulus were 0.806 ± 0.093 MPa, the Poisson’s ratio 0.03 ± 0.06 and the permeability 0.012 ± 0.002 mm4/Ns. Future work will deal with mathematical extensions of the biphasic 3D-FE-model.

Keywords: Articular Cartilage; Creep Indentation; Young’s Modulus; FE-modelling; Parameter Identification; Biphasic Theory; Sensitivity Analysis

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Published Online: 2018-09-22

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 481–484, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0115.

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