A new structure of artificial joints with bionic joint capsule was proposed and designed to overcome the feedback of current prostheses that omitted many functions of lubricant and joint capsule. The new structure was composed of three components: therapeutic lubricant, artificial joints and artificial joint capsule. The lubricant sealed by capsule not only can reduce the wear of artificial joints but also can prohibit the wear particles leaking to the body liquid. So the unwilling reactions between the wear particles and liquid may be avoided completely. Meanwhile, a three-dimensional (3-D) finite element analysis (FEA) model was created for the bionic artificial joints with joint capsule. The effects of capsule thickness and the flexion angels on the stress values and distributions were discussed in detail.
Bionic Lubrication System of Artificial Joints: System Design and Mechanics Simulation
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Su, SH, Zhang, JH, & Tao, DH. "Bionic Lubrication System of Artificial Joints: System Design and Mechanics Simulation." Proceedings of the World Tribology Congress III. World Tribology Congress III, Volume 2. Washington, D.C., USA. September 12–16, 2005. pp. 697-698. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/WTC2005-64211
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