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Author Proverbio, E. ♦ Bonaccorsi, L. M.
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2001
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Chemistry & allied sciences
Subject Keyword bone plate ♦ corrosion ♦ failure analysis ♦ fatigue ♦ implant ♦ stainless steel ♦ Materials Science ♦ Tribology, Corrosion and Coatings ♦ Characterization and Evaluation of Materials ♦ Mechanics ♦ Structural Mechanics ♦ Quality Control, Reliability, Safety and Risk
Abstract Stainless steel is frequently used for bone fracture fixation in spite of its sensitivity to pitting and cracking in chloride containing environments (such as organic fluids) and its susceptibility to fatigue and corrosion fatigue. A 316L stainless steel plate implant used for fixation of a femoral fracture failed after only 16 days of service and before bone callus formation had occurred. The steel used for the implant met the requirements of ASTM Standard F138 but did contain a silica-alumina inclusion that served as the initiation point for a fatigue/corrosion fatigue fracture. The fracture originated as a consequence of stress intensification at the edge of a screw hole located just above the bone fracture; several fatigue cracks were also observed on the opposite side of the screw hole edge. The crack propagated in a brittle-like fashion after a limited number of cycles under unilateral bending. The bending loads were presumably a consequence of leg oscillation during assisted perambulation.
ISSN 15477029
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-01-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 18641245
Journal Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 4
Page Count 6
Starting Page 33
Ending Page 38

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