Material properties of the human cranial vault and zygoma.

  title={Material properties of the human cranial vault and zygoma.},
  author={Jill Peterson and Paul C. Dechow},
  journal={The anatomical record. Part A, Discoveries in molecular, cellular, and evolutionary biology},
  volume={274 1},
The material properties of cortical bone from the diaphyses of long bones (e.g., the femur and tibia) vary by direction, such that bone is stiffer and stronger along its long axis. This configuration improves the abilities of these structures to resist axial compressive loads coupled with bending. As in long bones, cortical bone from the cranial vault is subject to mechanical loads from various orofacial functions and the contraction of attached muscles. However, experimental studies suggest… CONTINUE READING