Biomechanical Testing

Testing facilities include a state-of-the-art preparation room for biological soft tissues and a materials testing laboratory specially devoted to biological soft tissues. The laboratory includes techniques allowing multiscale mechanical testing from nanoscopic (extra cellular matrix) to macroscopic (whole organ level) length scales. Standard testing techniques such as nanoindentation (CSM UNHT) or axial-torsional materials testing (MTS MiniBionix 858) are complemented by custom made experimental devices (SpineTester) and advanced imaging modalities (µCT 40, SCANCO).