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Effect of Tapered Geometry on the Load Transfer of an Idealized Cemented Hip Implant

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N. Nuño

Université du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2002-33032, pp. 319-320; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Implant loosening of cemented hip implants is one of the major causes of failure of the arthroplasty. In cemented hip implants, the polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), also called bone cement, is used as grouting material between the stem and the surrounding bone. During polymerisation of the cement, residual stresses are generated in the bulk cement. The bone cement does not have a chemical bond with the stem nor the bone; however, it fills completely the space between the two and serves to distribute the load being transferred from the stem to the bone. Numerical analyses on the load transfer of cemented hip implants usually do not include the residual stresses due to cement curing at the stem-cement interface [1–2].

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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