Microstructure Design to Improve Wear Resistance in Bioimplant UHMWPE Materials

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D. S. Li1

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245dli@gatech.edu

H. Garmestani

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245hamid.garmestani@mse.gatech.edu

S. Ahzi

IMFS, University of Strasbourg, 2 Rue Boussingault, 67000 Strasbourg, Franceahzi@imfs.u-strasbg.fr

M. Khaleel

Computational Science and Mathematics Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352moe.khaleel@pnl.gov

D. Ruch

 Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, AMS, 66 rue de Luxembourg, B.P. 144 4002 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourgdavid.ruch@tudor.lu


Corresponding author.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 131(4), 041211 (Sep 03, 2009) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3183786 History: Received June 13, 2009; Revised June 29, 2009; Published September 03, 2009

A microstructure design framework for multiscale modeling of wear resistance in bioimplant materials is presented here. The increase in service lifetime of arthroplasty depends on whether we can predict wear resistance and microstructure evolution of a bioimplant material made from ultra high molecular weight polyethylene during processing. Experimental results show that the anisotropy introduced during deformation increases wear resistance in desired directions. After uniaxial compression, wear resistance along the direction, perpendicular to compression direction, increased 3.3 times. Micromechanical models are used to predict microstructure evolution and the improvement in wear resistance during processing. Predicted results agree well with the experimental data. These models may guide the materials designer to optimize processing to achieve better wear behavior along desired directions.

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Figure 1

Number of procedures in the United States in 1990, 2005, and projected 2030 for (a) primary and revision TKA, (b) primary and revision THA, (c) expense on primary and revision THA in 2005 and projected in 2030

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Figure 2

Structure of UHMWPE used in bio-implant liner at multiple different length scales

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Figure 3

Schematic geometry of the sample during uniaxial compression to illustrate sample coordinate definition used in texture measurement and wearing resistance study. Loading direction is compression direction.

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Figure 4

Recalculated (001), (010), and (100) pole figures of (a) as received; (b) uniaxial compressed to a strain of 20%; (c) uniaxial compressed to a strain of 50%; and (d) uniaxial compressed to a strain of 100%. The cross hair section represented the compression loading direction.

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Figure 5

Evolution of intensity of texture components measured in UHMWPE samples during uniaxial compression

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Figure 6

Predicted texture evolution of UHMWPE during uniaxial compression using micromechanical composite model, showing (001) pole figure (a) as received; (b) at a strain of 20%; and (c) at a strain of 100%

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Figure 7

Measured and predicted wear behavior and predicted elastic modulus of UHMWPE on the plane parallel to the compression direction (a) along the direction parallel to the compression direction, and (b) along the direction perpendicular to the compression direction



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