Experimental validation of a new biphasic model of the contact mechanics of the porcine hip

Li, Junyan and Wang, Qianqian and Jin, Zhongmin and Williams, Sophie and Fisher, John and Wilcox, Ruth K. (2014) Experimental validation of a new biphasic model of the contact mechanics of the porcine hip. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine, 228 (6). pp. 547-555. ISSN 2041-3033

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Abstract

Hip models that incorporate the biphasic behaviour of articular cartilage can improve understanding of the joint function, pathology of joint degeneration and effect of potential interventions. The aim of this study was to develop a specimen-specific biphasic finite element model of a porcine acetabulum incorporating a biphasic representation of the articular cartilage and to validate the model predictions against direct experimental measurements of the contact area in the same specimen. Additionally, the effect of using a different tension-compression behaviour for the solid phase of the articular cartilage was investigated. The model represented different radial clearances and load magnitudes. The comparison of the finite element predictions and the experimental measurement showed good agreement in the location, size and shape of the contact area, and a similar trend in the relationship between contact area and load was observed. There was, however, a deviation of over 30% in the magnitude of the contact area, which might be due to experimental limitations or to simplifications in the material constitutive relationships used. In comparison with the isotropic solid phase model, the tension-compression solid phase model had better agreement with the experimental observations. The findings provide some confidence that the new biphasic methodology for modelling the cartilage is able to predict the contact mechanics of the hip joint. The validation provides a foundation for future subject-specific studies of the human hip using a biphasic cartilage model.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences > Biophysics and Bioengineering group
Item ID: 21907
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Depositing User: Junyan Li
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 15:45
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 04:23
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21907

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