Bulk Properties of Materials

Guigen Zhang, Christopher Viney

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For almost all biomedical applications, the bulk properties of the materials used must meet the physical and/or mechanical demands of these applications over the desired time period. These demands may include maintaining physical shapes, carrying mechanical loads, and possessing certain desirable electrochemical behavior, optic index, and/or thermal characteristics, among others. This chapter provides an overview of some of the useful concepts related to the bulk properties of these materials, particularly on the mechanical and other physical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomaterials Science
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction to Materials in Medicine
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128161371
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • Elastic and plastic behavior
  • Linear and nonlinear relationship
  • Material isotropy
  • Mechanical variables and properties
  • Moher’s circles
  • Optical
  • Piezoelectric and electrochemical properties
  • Plane stress and plane strain
  • Stress trajectories
  • Thermal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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