Analytical Modelling of Load-Deflection Behavior of Intervertebral Discs Subjected to Axial Compression.
Final research rept. 1 Apr 71-31 May 79,
TUSKEGEE INST AL DEPT OF PHYSICS
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The analytical modelling of creep response phenomena of intervertebral discs subjected to a constant axial compressive load is attempted by using Kelvin-solid models. A mathematical analysis scheme is proposed for unique model identification wherein exact parameter solutions are developed for the one-Kelvin-unit model, the three-parameter-solid model, and the two-Kelvin-unit model. In addition, a method is presented by which the associated Youngs moduli and viscosity coefficients for an identified model are obtainable. Most importantly, unique parameter values are obtained for the three-parameter-solid by utilizing exact model parameter solutions on experimental strain, E t, data. This particular model is observed to yield theoretical strain, E tcal, values that are within an average error of 3.48 of the experimentally measured values, E texp, for different intervertebral discs. Further, mechanical properties of the intervertebral discs are obtained by using the values of the three-parameter-solid model parameters to calculate the associated Youngs moduli and viscosity coefficient. The appropriate applications, data limitations, and possible generalizations of this exact analysis scheme are fully discussed, along with suggestions for future investigatory efforts. Author
- Anatomy and Physiology