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Orthopaedic Implant Testing

Static & Fatigue Testing - Orthopaedic Implants

Our static and fatigue programmes expose your orthopaedic implants to a series of rigorous tests to characterise the mechanical strength of your design, coating, or material. Static and fatigue tests are designed to push your implants to their limits, allowing you to gather data for research, product development, and regulatory submissions. When standard tests are not suitable, our expert team can work with you to modify or design tests specific to your implant and application.

Orthopaedic Implant

Using supporting analytical capabilities, such as White Light Interferometry (WLI), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Digital Image Correlation (DIC), we track the stresses and strains on your implants so you can see the areas where failures begin. With real-time analysis we provide visuals of the failures in action, along with the supporting data and interpretation. These advanced analyses help to inform future R&D as well as being used in regulatory support of your current implants.

If you are looking to:

  • Simulate and evaluate the static & fatigue loading performance of your new orthopaedic implants
  • Compare a new design with an existing one
  • Outsource your orthopaedic implant static & fatigue testing to accelerate new product developments and avoid in-house delays
  • Find a supplier that can provide a comprehensive service and the full suite of information you require for your regulatory submission
  • Visualise the areas of your implant that take the main force of stresses and strains
  • Understand failure mechanisms…

…then we can help.

These are some of the standardised tests that we perform, and we also conduct testing for other joints too, and testing beyond the standards:

Hips Knees Shoulders
ISO 7206-2 ISO 7207-2 ASTM F543
ISO 7206-4 ISO 14243-1 ASTM F1829
ISO 7206-6 ISO 14243-3 ASTM F1877
ISO 7206-10 ISO 14243-1, Adverse ASTM F2028
ISO 7206-12 ISO 14243-3, Adverse Shoulder Wear Testing
ISO 7206-13 ASTM F1223 Shoulder Fatigue Testing
ISO 14242-1 ASTM F1800/ISO 14879 ASTM F543
ISO 14242-1, Adverse ASTM F1814 -
ASTM F1820 ASTM F1877 -
ASTM F1875 ASTM F2083/F1672 (Contact Pressure) -
ASTM F2580 ASTM F2723 -
ASTM F2009 ASTM F2724 -
ASTM F2582 ASTM F2777 -
ASTM F1877 ASTM F3140 -
- Tibial Post Shear Fatigue -

White Papers

The Advantages of Including Adverse Event Wear Testing in the Design of Orthopaedic Implants

In this white paper we look at why the testing of implants is so important. Traditional test methods and their limitations are detailed and adverse event testing is discussed

Tribology and Testing of Orthopaedic Implants

In this white paper we review the key tribology & testing techniques available for orthopaedic implants

Orthopaedic Implant
Your Metal Component has Failed in Fatigue: What do you do next?

This white paper provides an introduction to the theory behind fatigue in general, and the factors that affect how materials perform in fatigue

Orthopaedic Implant
Hip and Knee Wear Testing - What the Standards Don't Tell You

This white paper offers additional guidance that could help support implant manufacturers in their decision-making and justifications for regulatory submissions

Wear Testing
Extremity Wear Testing - Total Ankle and Shoulder Replacement Testing

Wear simulation for implantable knee, hip and intervertebral spinal disc prostheses have all been well documented and standardised tests methods have been created to assess the performance of these medical device implants

Ensuring Reliable Performance from Ceramic Components in Medical Applications

This white paper highlights some of the testing involved in ISO 13356 and discusses how recent and ongoing research into ceramic processing provides opportunities to meet product improvement challenges

Case Studies

Dental Implant
Method Development Helps Nobel Biocare in Medical Device Optimisation

Characterisation of the surface chemical composition of medical implants

Surface Cleanliness of Orthopaedic Instruments

Lucideon assists in identification and prevention of staining of orthopaedic instruments

Stainless Steel Orthopaedic Instrument
When the Unexpected Happens to Your Polymer Components

Analysis of failed polymer components in orthopaedic instruments using a range of testing and analysis techniques

Knee Joint
Raw Material Validation for TiGenix Ltd

Testing and analysis provided by Lucideon

Orthopaedic Implant
Lucideon Helps Determine Impact of Hot Isostatic Pressing on Fatigue Life of Ti-6Al-4V Component

Lucideon expertise helped a client with additive manufactured implants