An in-vivo experimental technique was employed to determine the linear and nonlinear characteristics of viscoelastic properties of the spinal cord of anesthetized cats. The stress relaxation and recovery curves were reproducible in a group of cat experiments. The data of linear viscoelastic properties were used to develop a power law model with Boltzmann’s convolution integral. The model was capable of predicting a prolonged stress relaxation and recovery curve. For larger deformation, the results were quantified using a nonlinear analysis of viscoelastic response of the spinal cord under the uniaxial experiment.

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