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J Exp Biol. 1995 Mar;198(Pt 3):847-52.

Fatigue rupture of wallaby tail tendons.

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Department of Pure and Applied Biology, The University, Leeds, UK.


Wallaby tail tendons fail after repeated application of stresses much lower than would be needed to break them in a single pull. We show that this a fatigue phenomenon, distinct from the creep rupture that occurs after prolonged application of a constant stress. The two phenomena are disctinguished by experiments in which tensile stress is cycled at different frequencies, ranging from 1 to 50 Hz.

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