Dear BIOMECH-L viewers:

I have a problem for which I would like to have a
simple analytical solution if possible.
Problem statement : What is the strength of a mixture
of crushed cancellous bone and crushed cortical bone, knowing
the ratio of mix ?.
I looked into lots of Civil Engineering Books. The next
best thing that I can get is strength of concrete. But all the
information is based on experiments conducted with varying ratios
of water, cement and aggregate. No analytical solution was available.
Thus this approach seems to lead me nowhere.
Other possibility is use "homogenization" theory. I do not
want to get this problem that complicated. I am interested in
a very simple solution, which may not be accurate -- as a first
In the future we may try conduct a confined compression test
to verify the results.

Any suggestions or help !!!.

Thank you for your time

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Raghu N. Natarajan
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Room 1463 Jelke SC
Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center
1653 West Congress Parkway, CHICAGO, Illinois 60612
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