A linear material model for fiber-induced anisotropy of the anulus fibrosus.


Journal Article

The anulus fibrosus (AF) is a lamellar, fibrocartilaginous component of the intervertebral disc, which exhibits highly anisotropic behaviors in tension. These behaviors arise from the material's unique collagen structure. We have investigated the use of a linear, fiber-induced anisotropic model for the AF using a quadratic strain energy density formulation with an explicit representation of the collagen fiber populations. We have proposed a representative set of intrinsic material properties using independent datasets of the AF from the literature and appropriate thermodynamic constraints. The model was validated by comparing predictions with previous experimental data for AF behavior and its dependence on fiber angle. The model predicts that compressible effects may exist for the AF, and suggests that physical effects of the equivalent "matrix," "fiber," "fiber-matrix," and "fiber-fiber," interactions may be important contributors to the mechanical behavior of the AF.

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Cited Authors

  • Elliott, DM; Setton, LA

Published Date

  • April 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 122 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 10834158

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10834158

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-8951

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-0731

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1115/1.429639


  • eng