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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Determining mechanical properties of rabbit skin with light reflection technique verified with latex
Author(s): Lama Sakhnini; Maheen Dairi; Nafeesa Al-Taitoon; Muneer Excel

Paper Abstract

An experimental technique to evaluate the elastic limit for rabbit skin is developed and described. The experimental technique is designed to measure small changes in the normalized reflectivity as a function of applied stretch, with a laser wavelength of 632.8 nm and power of 1 mW. When the samples of rabbit skin are stretched, the reflectivity increases until a critical point (elastic limit) is reached. After this point, the curve drops off very quickly. The elastic limit for the male dorsal samples is less than that for the female samples, with an average strain of 14.4 and 34.6% in males and females, respectively. Moreover, our results show that the average slope of the regression lines is greater for the male dorsal samples than the dorsal female samples. This indicates that the male dorsal skin is rougher than that of the female.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2006
PDF: 5 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 11(1) 014030 doi: 10.1117/1.2161169
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 11, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Lama Sakhnini, Univ. of Bahrain (Bahrain)
Maheen Dairi, Univ. of Bahrain (Bahrain)
Nafeesa Al-Taitoon, Univ. of Bahrain (Bahrain)
Muneer Excel, Univ. of Bahrain (Bahrain)

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