Articular cartilage surface failure: an investigation of the rupture rate and morphology in relation to tissue health and hydration.

@article{Fick2012ArticularCS,
  title={Articular cartilage surface failure: an investigation of the rupture rate and morphology in relation to tissue health and hydration.},
  author={James M Fick and D. M. Espino},
  journal={Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={226 5},
  pages={389-96}
}
This study investigates the rupture rate and morphology of articular cartilage by altering the bathing environments of healthy and degenerate bovine cartilage. Soaking tissues in either distilled water or 1.5 M NaCI saline was performed in order to render the tissues into a swollen or dehydrated state, respectively. Creep compression was applied using an 8 mm flat-ended polished indenter that contained a central pore of 450 microm in diameter, providing a consistent region for rupture to occur… CONTINUE READING