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Microscratching characterization of the wear-in of UHMW polyethylene in prostheses

Liu, Yanyan; Warner, Jacob A; Scarvell, Jennie; Gladkis, Laura; Smith, Paul; Timmers, Heiko


A new measurement technique of prosthesis wear by microscratching has been demonstrated. The technique has been applied in a study of the backside wear of a UHMW polyethylene tibial insert of a rotating platform knee prosthesis. Four disc-shaped UHMW polyethylene plugs, prepared with 5-μm deep microscratches, were carefully recessed into the backside of the tibial insert. It was demonstrated that the scratches are not affected by creep under static load. A realistic in vitro wear simulation...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Tribology Letters
DOI: 10.1007/s11249-012-0087-5


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