Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

48, 4, pp. 917-932, Warsaw 2010

Analysis of selected mechanical properties of intervertebral disc annulus fierosus in macro and microscopic scale

Celina Pezowicz
The main goal of this paper is experimental analysis of selected mechanical properties of single annulus fibrosus lamellae at macroscopic and microscopic levels as well as representation and explanation of the structural response to forced deformation. The conducted analysis of single annulus fibrosus lamella with preserved natural attachments revealed two characteristic mechanisms leading to damage of annulus fibrosus and large diversification of conventional Young's modulus. The analysis in a microscopic level enable the imaging of changes in the collagen matrix during a tensile test and of significant differences in mechanical properties with respect to tensile direction.
Keywords: spine; intervertebral disc; tensile test; structural configuration