The mechanical behaviour of implantable scaffolds is of relevant interest in all applications which require load-bearing capability. This study aims at establishing a quantitative relationship between the mechanical properties of glass-ceramic scaffolds for bone repair and the nano/micro-scale properties of their constituent materials. A nanoindentation study is carried out spanning different penetration depth on bulk (pore-free) glass-ceramic samples and on the walls of porous scaffolds. Micro-tomographical investigations allow assessing small-scale porosity of the scaffold walls. A simple homogenization model is used to establish the relationship between the elastic modulus of the bulk material and that of the micro-porous walls of the scaffolds. The elastic modulus of scaffold walls was found to be approximately 50% lower than that of the bulk glass-ceramic. The properties estimated experimentally on the walls of the scaffolds are quantitatively consistent with the analytical predictions provided by the homogenization model and the micro-porosity measured through tomographical analyses.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the European Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry