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Andy H. Choi and Besim Ben-Nissan
From a macroscopic point of view, human bone appears in two forms. The
most obvious difference between these two types of bone is their volume fraction of
solids or relative densities. The term cortical or compact is used to categorize bone with
a volume fraction of solids greater than 70 percent. On the other hand, bone with a
volume fraction of solids less than 70 percent is referred to as cancellous or trabecular.
Typically, most bones within the human body possess both types: a core of spongy
cancellous bone is surrounded by an outer shell composed of a dense compact bone.
The constitutive properties of cancellous bone are of vital importance as it is this bone
that is in direct contact with the implant or prosthesis.
Cortical bone, Cancellous bone, Density, Elastic modulus,
Mechanical properties, Nanoindentation, Physical properties, Ultrasonic testing.
Faculty of Science University of Technology Sydney Australia.