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Adaptive elasticity: A review and critique of a bone tissue adaptation model. (English) Zbl 1064.74129
Summary: Living bone is continually undergoing processes of growth, reinforcement and resorption. These processes are termed collectively “remodeling”. The remodeling processes in living bone are the mechanisms by which the bone adapts its histological structure to changes in long-term loading. The theory of adaptive elasticity was developed as a model for the mechanical load induced adaptation of bone. All three aspects of the theory of adaptive elasticity are reviewed here. These include internal adaptation, surface adaptation and architectural adaptation. The successes of the theory as well as the features of the theory that should now be revised are discussed.

74L15 Biomechanical solid mechanics
74B99 Elastic materials
74-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to mechanics of deformable solids
92C10 Biomechanics