A New Approach to Stress Analysis of Vascular Devices Using High Resolution Thermoelastic Stress Analysis
Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA) is a non-contacting technique that provides full field stress information and can record high-resolution measurements from small structures. The work presented in this paper summarises the application of TSA to two types of small medical devices that are used to treat diseased arteries; angioplasty balloons and vascular stents. The use of high resolution optics is described along with a calibration methodology that allows quantitative stress measurements to be taken from the balloon structure. A brief account of a study undertaken to characterise the thermoelastic response from Nitinol is also included and it is demonstrated that thermoelastic data can be obtained from a stent at high resolutions.
Patrick Sean Keogh
J. Eaton-Evans et al., "A New Approach to Stress Analysis of Vascular Devices Using High Resolution Thermoelastic Stress Analysis ", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 5-6, pp. 63-70, 2006