Anisotropic and inhomogeneous tensile behavior of the human anulus fibrosus: experimental measurement and material model predictions.

Journal Article, Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S., Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

The anulus fibrosus (AF) of the intervertebral disc exhibits spatial variations in structure and composition that give rise to both anisotropy and inhomogeneity in its material behaviors in tension. In this study, the tensile moduli and Poisson's ratios were measured in samples of human AF along circumferential, axial, and radial directions at inner and outer sites. There was evidence of significant inhomogeneity in the linear-region circumferential tensile modulus (17.4+/-14.3 MPa versus 5.6+/-4.7 MPa, outer versus inner sites) and the Poisson's ratio v21 (0.67+/-0.22 versus 1.6+/-0.7, outer versus inner), but not in the axial modulus (0.8+/-0.9 MPa) or the Poisson's ratios V12 (1.8+/-1.4) or v13 (0.6+/-0.7). These properties were implemented in a linear an isotropic material model of the AF to determine a complete set of model properties and to predict material behaviors for the AF under idealized kinematic states. These predictions demonstrate that interactions between fiber populations in the multilamellae AF significantly contribute to the material behavior, suggesting that a model for th

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elliott, DM; Setton, LA

Published Date

  • June 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 123 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 256 - 263

PubMed ID

  • 11476369

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-0731


  • eng

Citation Source

  • PubMed