The aim of this paper is to describe a new numerical–experimental method to determine the stiffness of a conceptual proximal femoral prototype. The methodology consists of the comparison of the numerical and experimental displacement distributions of the prosthesis loaded as a cantilever beam to validate a design concept: controlled stiffness prosthesis. The manufactured prototype used to test the applicability of the numerical–experimental procedure integrates a stiff metal core bonded to a composite material made of an epoxy resin reinforced with carbon-glass braided pre-forms. The prosthesis with an embedded controlled stiffness concept was obtained by varying the geometry of the core with the composite layer thickness.
Issue Section:Technical Papers
Keywords:elasticity, orthopaedics, prosthetics, carbon fibre reinforced composites, biomedical materials, Femoral Prosthesis, Stiffness, Holography, Displacement, Composite Material
Topics:Composite materials, Prostheses, Stiffness, Displacement
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