An experimental approach to modeling the strength of canine teeth

  title={An experimental approach to modeling the strength of canine teeth},
  author={Patricia W. Freeman and Cliff A. Lemen},
The strength of canine teeth in several carnivores is found through direct fracture experiments. The average forces required to break the canines of adult animals are coyote 1170 N, red fox 533 N, bobcat 737 N and raccoon 512 N. Stresses created in teeth at the breaking load are predicted by fi nite-element analysis and beam theory. The ultimate tensile stress sustainable in these teeth is 338 MPa in adult animals. The large pulp cavity in the canines of young animals signifi cantly weakens the… CONTINUE READING


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