Multiaxial fatigue and life prediction of composite hip prostheses

Kin Liao, Kenneth L. Reifsnider

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The fatigue behavior of hip prostheses made from laminated fiber-reinforced polymeric composite material under biaxial loading was investigated. Two types of prototype specimens with different layups were cyclically tested at several different load levels. X-ray radiography and surface replication were used to record fatigue damage development in the specimens tested. Internal damage features were also examined after sectioning of selected specimens. Damage mechanisms in the composite prostheses are discussed in association with results of the non-destructive and destructive tests. A life prediction model that is capable of predicting the residual strength and life of a composite prosthesis was developed based on a critical-element model for composite laminates. An example is provided to illustrate the application of the life prediction model.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationASTM Special Technical Publication
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the Symposium on Multiaxial Fatigue - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: 14 Oct 199116 Oct 1991

Publication series

NameASTM Special Technical Publication
ISSN (Print)0066-0558


ConferenceProceedings of the Symposium on Multiaxial Fatigue
CitySan Diego, CA, USA


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