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11-28-2001, 10:04 PM
I am about to discuss the ability of us to look at bone (from a simple point
of view) as a cantilever with a circular cross sectional area with my 3rd yr
sport and exercise students. From my old physics notes (circa 1991!) I have
the following equation for estimating the linear deviation that occurs at
the unsupported end of the beam.


Where M is the bending moment, L is the length of the beam, E is the
stiffness of the material (Young’s Modulus), and r is the radius of the

In another, more general format, this can be expressed as


Where I is the second moment of area calculated around the neutral axis, and
for a beam with a circular cross section is


I have been getting results, theoretical, from these equations which do not
make sense to me. I have been using realistic values for all unknowns in
trying to calculate x (the linear deviation) but when the calculation is
done using SI units the deviation is massive (longer than the beam!). I
have tried converting units to mm and this gives very small values, I can
see mathematically what is happening but the values are highly unrealistic.

Can anyone tell me whether

1 – the formula I am using is correct, if not what is recommended.
2 – what would be a typical linear deviation for a bone?

3 – Any other comments on the methodology etc I am using here.

Regards Ross

Ross Anderson__________________________________________ _______

Dept of Sport and Exercise Sciences and
Centre for Biomedical Electronics
University of Limerick
Tel - +353 (0) 86 6090866 or +353 (0) 61 202810
Fax - +353 (0) 61 330431
e-Mail - ross.anderson@ul.ie
WWW - www.ul.ie/~pess/staff/ross/

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