An investigation into the effects of the hierarchical structure of tendon fascicles on micromechanical properties

  title={An investigation into the effects of the hierarchical structure of tendon fascicles on micromechanical properties},
  author={Hazel R. C. Screen and D. A. Lee and Dan L. Bader and Julia C Shelton},
  journal={Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine},
  pages={109 - 119}
  • H. ScreenD. Lee J. Shelton
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Engineering, Biology
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Abstract During physiological loading, a tendon is subjected to tensile strains in the region of up to 6 per cent. These strains are reportedly transmitted to cells, potentially initiating specific mechano-transduction pathways. The present study examines the local strain fields within tendon fascicles subjected to tensile strain in order to determine the mechanisms responsible for fascicle extension. A hierarchical approach to the analysis was adopted, involving micro and macro examination… 

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