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Biobearings: where mechanics meets biology; pp. 232–240

Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/proc.2008.4.05

Irina Hussainova, Hossein Ghaemi


This review paper deals with the operation of human joints which, from a mechanical point of view, can be regarded as bearings. The main problem in the studies of biobearings is separate consideration of the matter in different disciplines or areas of research. However, being a highly interdisciplinary field, biomechanics has to collect and apply knowledge from many branches of science. In this paper, the recent advances in tribology, organic chemistry, and tissue biology are reviewed and summarized to give a comprehensive vision of the state of the art in the performance of synovial joints. The emphasis is on the latest findings in lubrication mechanisms and their possible interactions.

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