Hip prothesis: An in vitro wear protocol based on a comparison between gravimetric and profilometric analysis

S. Affatato, M. Tagliati, A. Toni

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Abstract

Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene acetabular cups were analysed by means of a shadowgraph method (using a profile projector) to measure linear wear. The results were compared with those of previous wear tests performed on a hip joint simulator. Twelve polyethylene acetabular cups were analysed. The specimens were evaluated visually for evidence of polyethylene wear. Examination of the polyethylene inner surface did not reveal evidence of surface failure such as delamination, fatigue cracks or scratches. Volumetric wear was calculated using a formula based on dimensional change due to the penetration of the femoral head in the acetabular cup. It was found to be of the same order of magnitude as the wear obtained in in vitro experimental tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-229
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Volume22
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

Keywords

  • Acetabular cups
  • Polyethylene
  • Shadowgraph technique
  • Wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics

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