Measurements have been performed on Sawbones(R) and bovine cortical bone samples at 200 kHz using an axial transmission technique to investigate the factors that determine how ultrasonic waves propagate across a simulated fracture. The peak amplitude of the first arrival signal (FAS) was studied. Results taken from intact specimens were compared with those produced when a simple transverse fracture was introduced. These fracture simulation experiments were found to be consistent with Finite Difference modelling of the experimental conditions. The peak amplitude showed a characteristic variation across the fracture caused by interference between reradiated and scattered/diffracted waves at the fracture site and a net Fracture Transmission Loss (FTL). For small fracture gaps, the change in amplitude was sensitive to the presence of the fracture. This sensitivity suggests that this parameter could be a good quantitative indicator for the fracture healing process assuming the relative change in this parameter brought about by healing is measurable.
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|Published - 2007