Structure and behavior of collagen fibers

Frederick H. Silver, Michael Jaffe

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    7 Scopus citations


    Collagen fibers form the structural scaffolds of vertebrate tissues that store elastic energy, facilitate joint movement, and dissipate excess energy upon completion of joint movement. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the molecular, microfibrillar and fibrillar structures of collagen fibers and the mechanism by which energy is stored, transmitted, and dissipated. The ability of collagen fibers to prevent premature mechanical failure of vertebrate tissues is also examined as well as the failure mechanisms of collagen fibers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781845696801
    ISBN (Print)9781845693879
    StatePublished - Oct 19 2009

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Engineering
    • General Materials Science


    • Collagen fibers
    • Collagen structure
    • Defibrillation
    • Energy storage
    • Fiber failure


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