An Investigation into the Load Transfer in Interlocking Intramedullary Nails during Simulated Healing of a Femoral Fracture

A. W. Miles, R. J. Eveleigh, B. J. Wight, M. I. Goodwin

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Interlocked intramedullary nailing is widely used for the fixation of fractures in long bones. This study investigated the biomechanical aspects of load sharing between the implant and bone for two different types of nails舒a fully slotted AO/ASIF nail and a non-slotted Russell-Taylor nail舒in a simulated bone healing model using composite model femora. The results demonstrated the different load-sharing characteristics of the two nail types in torsion but similar behaviour in bending. The techniques applied provided a useful basis on which to evaluate these types of implants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1994

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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