Failure characteristics of osteoporotic vertebral bodies monitored by acoustic emission.


The third lumbar vertebrae of nine elderly subjects (average age, 81.4 +/- 6.7 years) graded osteoporotic and the second to fifth lumbar vertebrae of a 37-year-old man graded as normal were used to investigate microdamage accumulation during quasi-static compression loading with an acoustic emission detection system. Mechanical parameters (apparent elastic… (More)


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