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Computational Modeling to Predict Fatigue Behavior of NiTi Stents: What Do We Need?

Dordoni E, Petrini L, Wu W, Migliavacca F, Dubini G, Pennati G - J Funct Biomater (2015)

Bottom Line: However, their effectiveness is still debated in the clinical field.However, confidence in numerical methods is only possible after verification and validation of the models used.For the case of NiTi stents, mechanical properties are strongly dependent on the device dimensions and the whole treatments undergone during manufacturing process.

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Affiliation: Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering 'Giulio Natta', Politecnico di Milano, Milan 20133, Italy. elena.dordoni@hotmail.it.

ABSTRACT
NiTi (nickel-titanium) stents are nowadays commonly used for the percutaneous treatment of peripheral arterial disease. However, their effectiveness is still debated in the clinical field. In fact a peculiar cyclic biomechanical environment is created before and after stent implantation, with the risk of device fatigue failure. An accurate study of the device fatigue behavior is of primary importance to ensure a successful stenting procedure. Regulatory authorities recognize the possibility of performing computational analyses instead of experimental tests for the assessment of medical devices. However, confidence in numerical methods is only possible after verification and validation of the models used. For the case of NiTi stents, mechanical properties are strongly dependent on the device dimensions and the whole treatments undergone during manufacturing process. Hence, special attention should be paid to the accuracy of the description of the device geometry and the material properties implementation into the numerical code, as well as to the definition of the fatigue limit. In this paper, a path for setting up an effective numerical model for NiTi stent fatigue assessment is proposed and the results of its application in a specific case study are illustrated.

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Mentions: After preliminary calculations, a tubular specimen was selected as the final design for axial tensile or positive sinusoidal (non-zero mean strain) deformation, with wires cut in parallel along the circumference, and exhibiting the typical “dog bone” shape of specimens for tensile tests (Figure 1). The tubular ends allow a precise axial positioning into the grips of the testing machine. The cross-section dimensions, gauge length and number of wires along the circumference can be chosen by considering the stent strut dimensions and limits related to the full scale force range of the testing machine. The dimensions of the fillet zone between each wire have to be selected to ensure that the whole force applied to the specimen ends is transferred on its gauge length.


Computational Modeling to Predict Fatigue Behavior of NiTi Stents: What Do We Need?

Dordoni E, Petrini L, Wu W, Migliavacca F, Dubini G, Pennati G - J Funct Biomater (2015)

Specimen designed for mechanical tests.
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jfb-06-00299-f001: Specimen designed for mechanical tests.
Mentions: After preliminary calculations, a tubular specimen was selected as the final design for axial tensile or positive sinusoidal (non-zero mean strain) deformation, with wires cut in parallel along the circumference, and exhibiting the typical “dog bone” shape of specimens for tensile tests (Figure 1). The tubular ends allow a precise axial positioning into the grips of the testing machine. The cross-section dimensions, gauge length and number of wires along the circumference can be chosen by considering the stent strut dimensions and limits related to the full scale force range of the testing machine. The dimensions of the fillet zone between each wire have to be selected to ensure that the whole force applied to the specimen ends is transferred on its gauge length.

Bottom Line: However, their effectiveness is still debated in the clinical field.However, confidence in numerical methods is only possible after verification and validation of the models used.For the case of NiTi stents, mechanical properties are strongly dependent on the device dimensions and the whole treatments undergone during manufacturing process.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering 'Giulio Natta', Politecnico di Milano, Milan 20133, Italy. elena.dordoni@hotmail.it.

ABSTRACT
NiTi (nickel-titanium) stents are nowadays commonly used for the percutaneous treatment of peripheral arterial disease. However, their effectiveness is still debated in the clinical field. In fact a peculiar cyclic biomechanical environment is created before and after stent implantation, with the risk of device fatigue failure. An accurate study of the device fatigue behavior is of primary importance to ensure a successful stenting procedure. Regulatory authorities recognize the possibility of performing computational analyses instead of experimental tests for the assessment of medical devices. However, confidence in numerical methods is only possible after verification and validation of the models used. For the case of NiTi stents, mechanical properties are strongly dependent on the device dimensions and the whole treatments undergone during manufacturing process. Hence, special attention should be paid to the accuracy of the description of the device geometry and the material properties implementation into the numerical code, as well as to the definition of the fatigue limit. In this paper, a path for setting up an effective numerical model for NiTi stent fatigue assessment is proposed and the results of its application in a specific case study are illustrated.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus