Experimental biomechanics

Experimental facilities for biomechanical and functional in vitro simulationsThe Experimental Biomechanics Unit is aimed at studying hard and soft materials of the musculoskeletal system and/or biomaterials/devices used in orthopaedic field.

The Unit performs tests to characterise both biomaterials and hard and soft tissues in normal and pathological conditions. Experimental test are also performed to verify the mechanical performance of prototypal devices or to investigate potential drawbacks of prosthetic designs. The tests are carried out according to relevant standards (when available), or according to internal, specifically designed procedures (for more complex tests).

Specimen of bone cement for fatigue crack propagation testWhen necessary, the Unit can develop specific tests to investigate the mechanical strength of tissue/bone repair techniques under physiological loading scenarios. These studies are designed in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons, since these activities are aimed at optimising surgical techniques.

If necessary, the experimental test can be combined with finite element models (see Computational Biomechanics Unit) in validation experiments, which are the most powerful strategy to corroborate numerical predictions and ensure the accurate estimation of the physical characteristics under study.

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