Collagen-proteoglycan interaction in tendons: A micromechanical analysis

Simone Vesentini, Alberto Redaelli, Pasquale Vena, Franco Maria Montevecchi

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A micromechanical model was developed to describe the stress-strain behavior of tendons based on its structural constituents including collagen and proteoglycans. A tensile load was applied to the central fibrils and proteoglycans transferred the load to the surrounding fibrils. It was suggested that the role of the proteoglycan is central both concerning the tensile properties of the collagen fiber and its nonlinear behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED
EditorsR.D. Kamm, G.W. Schmid-Schoenbein, G.A. Atesian, M.S. Hefzy
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventProceedings of the 2001 Bioengineering Conference - Snowbird, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2001Jul 1 2001


OtherProceedings of the 2001 Bioengineering Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySnowbird, UT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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