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Pyroelectric Effect in Bone and Tendon.


PB173792

Publication Date 1966
Personal Author Lang, S. B.
Page Count 2
Abstract The pyroelectric coefficient of the bone treated with nitric acid (the coefficient is based on the area of the sample before acid treatment) is about the same size as those of the untreated specimens. This indicates that the pyroelectric effect is caused by the crystallographic structure of the collagen molecule. Piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity are closely interrelated and so it would be reasonable to assume that the electric potentials in mechanically stressed bones are of a piezoelectric origin. The very small size of the pyroelectric effect in collagen containing materials probably precludes any physiological significance of the effect. There may be other biological materials in which the pyroelectric effect is of such magnitude as to be physiologically important.
Keywords
  • Bone
  • Tendons
  • Collagen
  • Electrophysiology
  • Piezoelectric effect
  • Stresses
  • Measurement
  • Pyroelectric effect
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57S - Physiology
Corporate Authors National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colo. Inst. for Materials Research.
Supplemental Notes Nature v212 p704-5 Nov 12 1966.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 196704
Pyroelectric Effect in Bone and Tendon.
Pyroelectric Effect in Bone and Tendon.
PB173792

  • Bone
  • Tendons
  • Collagen
  • Electrophysiology
  • Piezoelectric effect
  • Stresses
  • Measurement
  • Pyroelectric effect
  • 57S - Physiology
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