Degradation characteristics of a biodegradable fracture fixation plate

C. M. Agrawal, M. Fan, X. Shen, M. Alder

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Abstract

A study was performed to study the in vitro degradation characteristics of a fully biodegradable polymeric bone plate with a polymeric fiber mesh for reinforcements. The materials used for the fabrication of the plates were polylactic acid (PLA), Vicryl woven mesh and polycaprolactone (PCL). The plates were fabricated in a mold at high temperature and pressure. Mechanical properties of these plates were evaluated in 3-point bending using Instron 1011 tensile testing machine. The stiffness and the strength of the biodegradable plates were enhanced by the use of a biodegradable mesh as a reinforcement. The PCL coating was introduced to retard the degradation of the PLA matrix because PCL undergoes degradation at a slower rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 5th World Biomaterials Congress. Part 2 (of 2) - Toronto, Can
Duration: May 29 1996Jun 2 1996

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OtherProceedings of the 1996 5th World Biomaterials Congress. Part 2 (of 2)
CityToronto, Can
Period5/29/966/2/96

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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    Agrawal, C. M., Fan, M., Shen, X., & Alder, M. (1996). Degradation characteristics of a biodegradable fracture fixation plate. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1996 5th World Biomaterials Congress. Part 2 (of 2), Toronto, Can, .