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Title: Finite element and experimental cortex strains of the intact and implanted tibia
Author: Completo, A.
Fonseca, F.
Simões, J. A.
Keywords: promixal tibia
Knee prosthesis
Synthetic tibia
Finite element analysis
Strain gauge measurements
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: Finite Element (FE) models for the simulation of intact and implanted-bone find their main purpose in accurately reproducing the associated mechanical behavior FE models can be used for preclinical testing of joint replacement implants, where some biomechanical aspects are difficult, if not possible, to simulate and investigate in vitro. To predict mechanical failure or damage, the model should accurately predict stresses and strains. Commercially available synthetic femur models have been extensively used to validate finite element models, but despite the vast literature available on the characteristics of synthetic tibia, numerical and experimental validation of the intact and implant assemblies of tibia are very limited or lacking. In the current study, four FE models of synthetic tibia, intact and reconstructed, were compared against experimental bone strain data, and an overall agreement within 10% between experimental and FE strains was obtained. Finite element and experimental (strain gauge) models of intact and implanted synthetic tibia were validated based on the comparison of cortex bone strains. The study also includes the analysis carried out on standard tibial components with cemented and noncemented stems of the RE C Sigma Modular Knee System. The overall agreement within 10% previously established was achieved, indicating that FE models could be successfully validated. The obtained results include a statistical analysis where the root-mean-square-error values were always < 10%. FE models can successfully reproduce bone strains under most relevant acting loads upon the condylar surface of the tibia. Moreover FE models, once properly validated, can be used for preclinical testing of tibial knee replacement, including misalignment of the implants in the proximal tibia after surgery, simulation of long-term failure according to the damage accumulation failure scenario, and other related biomechanical aspects.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1115/1.2768382
ISSN: 0148-0731
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