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Osteochondral Tissue Modeling Of Damage, Poroelastcity, And Remodeling In Osteoarthritis, Michael Eric Stender Jan 2015

Osteochondral Tissue Modeling Of Damage, Poroelastcity, And Remodeling In Osteoarthritis, Michael Eric Stender

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Arthritis is the most costly disability in the United States annually incurring billions of dollars in treatment costs and lost wages. Osteoarthritis, a classification of arthritis, affects articulating synovial joints (e.g., hip, knee, shoulder) and results in moderate to severe pain. In extreme cases, osteoarthritis causes loss of joint mobility. Presently, there is not a clear understanding of how osteoarthritis initiates, propagates, and ultimately degrades the mechanics of healthy synovial joints. This doctoral work uses computational modeling techniques and finite element analysis to elucidate the initiation and evolution of osteoarthritis with the ultimate goal of contributing to improved clinical ...


Bone Morphology And Mechanical Properties In Murine Models Of Chronic Kidney Disease, Andrew C. Cureton Jan 2013

Bone Morphology And Mechanical Properties In Murine Models Of Chronic Kidney Disease, Andrew C. Cureton

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The aim of this thesis is to investigate the changes in the bone tissue of mice that occur as a result of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Due to the disruptions in mineral homeostasis and metabolism that result from loss of renal function, individuals with CKD are at a higher risk of bone fracture. In order to study the relationship between CKD and bone responses two surgical models of CKD are used herein: uninephrectomy (UNx) and 5/6 nephrectomy (5/6Nx). In general, surgically induced CKD was accompanied with a decrease in bone quality as measured by &muCT morphological analysis, mechanical ...


Nanoindentation Of Bio- And Geo-Mineralized Composites: Contribution Of Microstructure And Composition, Sara E. Campbell Apr 2010

Nanoindentation Of Bio- And Geo-Mineralized Composites: Contribution Of Microstructure And Composition, Sara E. Campbell

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Bio-mineralized composite tissues, such as bone and teeth, are heterogeneous in both mineral composition and crystallinity. These tissues are altered throughout life by aging, wear, microfracture, and various disease states (e.g., osteoporosis), and are then further altered geologically after death by fossilization to create geo-mineralized tissues. Bone and enamel exhibit a wide range of mechanical responses at nanometer-length scales, where large-scale porosity and macro-structural variation are not factors. Some variability seen in mineralized tissues can be attributed to the amount of mineral; where a general increase in mechanical properties occurs with increasing mineral volume fraction. However, a large range ...