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The influence of loading conditions on the life-times in fatigue testing of bone cements

: Soltesz, U.


Journal of materials science. Materials in medicine (1994), No.5, pp.654-656
ISSN: 0957-4530
ISSN: 1573-4838
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWM ()
Biomaterialien; Ermüdung; Festigkeit; Knochenzement; Langzeitverhalten; Wechseltest-Prüfung; Wechseltestverhalten

The fatigue behaviour of bone cement was investigated with respect to the influence of loading conditions. The tests were performed under simulated physiological conditions using a testing arrangement in accordance with ISO. A pure load-controlled and pure displacementcontrolled cycling procedure were compared. It is demonstrated that load control is much more critical and leads to decisively shorter life-times, or remarkably lower long-term strengths. In consequence, in order to determine reliable material properties for life-time predictions and safety assessments, it is necessary to measure the fatigue behaviour under load control as this corresponds to the normal physiological situation.