Material properties of sheep trabecular bone determined by nanomechanical testing

E. Mittra, Y. X. Qin

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How the material properties of trabecular bone relate to its bulk mechanical behavior is not well understood. Multiple trabeculae in four cubic samples harvested from the distal femora of sheep were evaluated using a nanoindentation testing device. The average modulus and hardness was 20.2 ± 4.0 GPa and 1.1 ± 0.4 GPa, respectively. These values were consistent across surface region, specimen, and feature, thereby exhibiting a very homogenous quality at this level. The source of the highly anisotropic trabecular continuum, therefore, does not directly derive from its material properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-230
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the IEEE 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference - Newark, NJ, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2003Mar 23 2003


  • Elastic modulus
  • Hardness
  • Material properties
  • Nanoindentation
  • Trabecular bone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Bioengineering


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