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J Biomech. 1989;22(6-7):517-21.

A discrete model for streaming potentials in a single osteon.

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Institute of Mechanics and Biomechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.


A mathematical model for streaming potentials in an osteon is proposed, taking into account the microstresses in the vicinity of the Haversian Canal. With the help of the finite element method, a boundary problem for the fluid pressure amplitude in the osteon is investigated when the bone sample is subjected to harmonic loading. A numerical analysis of the intra-osteonal potential is performed. It is found that there exists an azimuthal asymmetry which increases with the enlargement of the Haversian Canal. The results of the numerical modeling of the intra-osteonal potential are in accordance with the available experimental data.

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