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The effect of geometry and abduction angle on the stresses in cemented UHMWPE acetabular cups--finite element simulations and experimental tests.

Korhonen RK, Koistinen A, Konttinen YT, Santavirta SS, Lappalainen R - Biomed Eng Online (2005)

Bottom Line: An increase in the abduction angle increased contact pressure in the IP model, but this did not occur to any major extent with the Lubinus eccentric model.FE results were consistent with experimental tests and acetabular cup deformations.FE analyses showed that geometrical design, thickness and abduction angle of the acetabular cup, as well as the clearance between the cup and head do change significantly the mechanical stresses experienced by a cemented UHMWPE acetabular cup.

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Affiliation: Department of Applied Physics, University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1627, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland. rami.korhonen@uku.fi

ABSTRACT

Background: Contact pressure of UHMWPE acetabular cup has been shown to correlate with wear in total hip replacement (THR). The aim of the present study was to test the hypotheses that the cup geometry, abduction angle, thickness and clearance can modify the stresses in cemented polyethylene cups.

Methods: Acetabular cups with different geometries (Link: IP and Lubinus eccentric) were tested cyclically in a simulator at 45 degrees and 60 degrees abduction angles. Finite element (FE) meshes were generated and two additional designs were reconstructed to test the effects of the cup clearance and thickness. Contact pressures at cup-head and cup-cement interfaces were calculated as a function of loading force at 45 degrees, 60 degrees and 80 degrees abduction angles.

Results: At the cup-head interface, IP experienced lower contact pressures than the Lubinus eccentric at low loading forces. However, at higher loading forces, much higher contact pressures were produced on the surface of IP cup. An increase in the abduction angle increased contact pressure in the IP model, but this did not occur to any major extent with the Lubinus eccentric model. At the cup-cement interface, IP experienced lower contact pressures. Increased clearance between cup and head increased contact pressure both at cup-head and cup-cement interfaces, whereas a decreased thickness of polyethylene layer increased contact pressure only at the cup-cement interface. FE results were consistent with experimental tests and acetabular cup deformations.

Conclusion: FE analyses showed that geometrical design, thickness and abduction angle of the acetabular cup, as well as the clearance between the cup and head do change significantly the mechanical stresses experienced by a cemented UHMWPE acetabular cup. These factors should be taken into account in future development of THR prostheses. FE technique is a useful tool with which to address these issues.

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Stress distribution in the acetabular cups. Von Mises stresses of a) Lubinus eccentric, b) IP1, c) Lubinus concentric and d) IP2 models at 45°, 60° abduction angles.
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Figure 3: Stress distribution in the acetabular cups. Von Mises stresses of a) Lubinus eccentric, b) IP1, c) Lubinus concentric and d) IP2 models at 45°, 60° abduction angles.

Mentions: FE simulations disclosed that there were different stress distributions (von Mises stress) in Lubinus eccentric and IP cups (Fig. 3). Due to the varying geometries, the direction of the stress was different. The decrease of the thickness of the Lubinus acetabular cup (eccentric versus concentric) did not affect the stress distribution, but the increase in the gap between the head and the IP cup had a major influence on the von Mises stresses.


The effect of geometry and abduction angle on the stresses in cemented UHMWPE acetabular cups--finite element simulations and experimental tests.

Korhonen RK, Koistinen A, Konttinen YT, Santavirta SS, Lappalainen R - Biomed Eng Online (2005)

Stress distribution in the acetabular cups. Von Mises stresses of a) Lubinus eccentric, b) IP1, c) Lubinus concentric and d) IP2 models at 45°, 60° abduction angles.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
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Figure 3: Stress distribution in the acetabular cups. Von Mises stresses of a) Lubinus eccentric, b) IP1, c) Lubinus concentric and d) IP2 models at 45°, 60° abduction angles.
Mentions: FE simulations disclosed that there were different stress distributions (von Mises stress) in Lubinus eccentric and IP cups (Fig. 3). Due to the varying geometries, the direction of the stress was different. The decrease of the thickness of the Lubinus acetabular cup (eccentric versus concentric) did not affect the stress distribution, but the increase in the gap between the head and the IP cup had a major influence on the von Mises stresses.

Bottom Line: An increase in the abduction angle increased contact pressure in the IP model, but this did not occur to any major extent with the Lubinus eccentric model.FE results were consistent with experimental tests and acetabular cup deformations.FE analyses showed that geometrical design, thickness and abduction angle of the acetabular cup, as well as the clearance between the cup and head do change significantly the mechanical stresses experienced by a cemented UHMWPE acetabular cup.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Applied Physics, University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1627, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland. rami.korhonen@uku.fi

ABSTRACT

Background: Contact pressure of UHMWPE acetabular cup has been shown to correlate with wear in total hip replacement (THR). The aim of the present study was to test the hypotheses that the cup geometry, abduction angle, thickness and clearance can modify the stresses in cemented polyethylene cups.

Methods: Acetabular cups with different geometries (Link: IP and Lubinus eccentric) were tested cyclically in a simulator at 45 degrees and 60 degrees abduction angles. Finite element (FE) meshes were generated and two additional designs were reconstructed to test the effects of the cup clearance and thickness. Contact pressures at cup-head and cup-cement interfaces were calculated as a function of loading force at 45 degrees, 60 degrees and 80 degrees abduction angles.

Results: At the cup-head interface, IP experienced lower contact pressures than the Lubinus eccentric at low loading forces. However, at higher loading forces, much higher contact pressures were produced on the surface of IP cup. An increase in the abduction angle increased contact pressure in the IP model, but this did not occur to any major extent with the Lubinus eccentric model. At the cup-cement interface, IP experienced lower contact pressures. Increased clearance between cup and head increased contact pressure both at cup-head and cup-cement interfaces, whereas a decreased thickness of polyethylene layer increased contact pressure only at the cup-cement interface. FE results were consistent with experimental tests and acetabular cup deformations.

Conclusion: FE analyses showed that geometrical design, thickness and abduction angle of the acetabular cup, as well as the clearance between the cup and head do change significantly the mechanical stresses experienced by a cemented UHMWPE acetabular cup. These factors should be taken into account in future development of THR prostheses. FE technique is a useful tool with which to address these issues.

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Related in: MedlinePlus