Development of an instrumented customizable total knee prosthesis for experimental tests.

Ventresca, Alessandra (2016) Development of an instrumented customizable total knee prosthesis for experimental tests. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Ingegneria biomedica [LM-DM270] - Cesena
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Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has revolutionized the life of millions of patients and it is the most efficient treatment in cases of osteoarthritis. The increase in life expectancy has lowered the average age of the patient, which requires a more enduring and performing prosthesis. To improve the design of implants and satisfying the patient's needs, a deep understanding of the knee Biomechanics is needed. To overcome the uncertainties of numerical models, recently instrumented knee prostheses are spreading. The aim of the thesis was to design and manifacture a new prototype of instrumented implant, able to measure kinetics and kinematics (in terms of medial and lateral forces and patellofemoral forces) of different interchangeable designs of prosthesis during experiments tests within a research laboratory, on robotic knee simulator. Unlike previous prototypes it was not aimed for industrial applications, but purely focusing on research. After a careful study of the literature, and a preliminary analytic study, the device was created modifying the structure of a commercial prosthesis and transforming it in a load cell. For monitoring the kinematics of the femoral component a three-layers, piezoelettric position sensor was manifactured using a Velostat foil. This sensor has responded well to pilot test. Once completed, such device can be used to validate existing numerical models of the knee and of TKA and create new ones, more accurate.It can lead to refinement of surgical techniques, to enhancement of prosthetic designs and, once validated, and if properly modified, it can be used also intraoperatively.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Ventresca, Alessandra
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Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
knee,TKA,Total knee arthtoplasty,instrumented knee prosthesis,CAD design,manifactured load cell,manifactured piezoresistive position sensor,Velostat,knee kinetics,knee kimematics,knee biomechanics,strain gauges,PCB,experimental knee tests
Data di discussione della Tesi
14 Luglio 2016

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