A viscoelastic model of the shear response of the Rhesus monkey intervertebral disk, represented by a series chain of four Kelvin units is presented. Two types of investigations are carried out to assess the validity of the model: 1) determination of material properties by comparison with experimental strain creep behavior of the disk; and 2) validation of this viscoelastic model by accurately predicting the experimental results of stress relaxation tests. The use of the series Kelvin units approach provides the first analytical mechanical model capable of predicting the creep and relaxation functions for the intervertebral disk in shear.

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