Bone compressive strength: the influence of density and strain rate

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Science  10 Dec 1976:
Vol. 194, Issue 4270, pp. 1174-1176
DOI: 10.1126/science.996549


The compressive strength of bone is proportional to the square of the apparent density and to the strain rate raised to the 0.06 power. This relationship is applicable to trabecular and compact bone, and provides clinical guidelines for predicting bone strength on the basis of x-ray and densitometric examination.