Joint wear simulation

Michael Strickland, Mark Taylor

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    Wear and osteolysis are the limiting factors affecting the longevity of total joint replacement. Computational based wear simulations have the potential to inform product design in order to minimise adhesive/abrasive wear. The current state of the simulations are described along with their associated limitations. Suggested best practice is to use computational simulations to enhance data collected through physical wear tests. Although sophisticated modelling techniques have been developed, there is still much that we do not understand about wear, particularly of metal-on-polyethylene articulations. Further advances will require gaining a fundamental understanding of the key variables that drive wear, which can then be incorporated into algorithms for the next generation of computational simulations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Modelling of Biomechanics and Biotribology in the Musculoskeletal System
    Subtitle of host publicationBiomaterials and Tissues
    PublisherWoodhead Publishing
    Number of pages51
    ISBN (Electronic)9780857096739
    ISBN (Print)9780857096616
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Computational model
    • Finite element
    • Polyethylene tribology
    • Wear simulation


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