Publications in Scientific Journals:

S. Ilincic, N. Tungkunagom, A. Vernes, G. Vorlaufer, P. Fotiu, F. Franek:
"Finite and boundary element method contact mechanics on rough, artificial hip joints";
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part J - Journal of Engineering Tribology, 225 (2011), 11; 1081 - 1091.

English abstract:
An extremely small roughness of constant height magnitude is considered on the femoral head of an artificial hip joint in order to determine the consequences ofvarious regular shapes and clearances on the mechanical performance of this hip prosthesis via a properly coupled finite and boundary element method. In addition, different material combinations typical for widely used hard-on-hard and hard-on-soft hip joint replacements arealso taken into account. By analysing the calculated pressure distribution and contact area between the femoral head and the acetabwar cup in frictionless dry contact irrespective of material pairings in hip joints, it is shown that both the wavelength of roughness and the clearance significantly affect these mechanical quantities and accordingly too loose or too tight hip implants have to be avoided. Finally, in terms of all numerical findings a suitable optimal design of hip implants is also discussed.

artificial hip joint, surface roughness, FEM-BEM contact mechanics

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