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Mechanical properties of some fibre reinforced polymer composites after implantation as fracture fixation plates.

Authors
  • McKenna, G B
  • Bradley, G W
  • Dunn, H K
  • Statton, W O
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biomaterials
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1980
Volume
1
Issue
4
Pages
189–192
Identifiers
PMID: 7470572
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Continuous fibre reinforced composite bone plates made from graphite/polysulphone and glass/epoxy laminates were implanted for 16 weeks on osteotomized canine femurs and for 12 months on intact femurs. After sacrifice, the plates were removed and tested in four point bending for stiffness and strength. There were no significant differences in properties between control and implanted plates in the 16 week study. Both the glass/epoxy and the graphite/polysulphone systems showed deterioration after implantation for 12 months.

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