Structure and behavior of collagen fibers

Frederick H. Silver, Michael Jaffe, Ruchit G. Shah

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Collagen fibers form the structural scaffolds of vertebrate tissues that store elastic energy, facilitate joint movement, and dissipate excess energy on 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 Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780081012727
ISBN (Print)9780081018866
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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


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