Use of external fixators as examples of biostructure is discussed. Stability of these biostructures is studied by performing engineering tests on tibia external fixators. These biostructures were loaded in various ways in order to quantify their rigidity. The loading consisted of compression and torsion tests as well as bending in two different directions. The stiffnesses evaluated from these tests quantify the structural stability of the frames. The four different types of loading chosen were such to simulate the actual loads applied to the frame in post-operative activities of the patient. Among the results are guidelines for selecting various structural configurations to gain certain level of rigidity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1986|
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