Comparison of uniaxial and triaxial rosette gages for strain measurement in the femur

L. Cristofolini, M. Viceconti

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A major problem of hip prostheses and other bone fixation devices is that they alter the stress distribution in the femur. This phenomenon is named stress shielding, and derives from the bigger stiffness of the implant when compared to the bone. Strain gages are the most common tool used in in vitro stress-shielding investigations. There is a lack of agreement in the literature about which gage type is to be preferred (uniaxial grid, biaxial or triaxial rosette). Rosettes are required when complete information is needed. However, uniaxial gages can be advantageous because they reduce the number of measurement channels required. The aim of this work is to verify if (and under which hypothesis) uniaxial gages can replace triaxial rosettes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-354
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials

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