Deformation and Fracture of Bone Analogue Biomaterials Having Different Polymer Matrices
By mimicking the microstructure of human cortical bone, a variety of bioactive particle reinforced polymer composites have been developed for hard tissue repair. Apart from biological assessments, these composites must be fully evaluated in terms of their mechanical performance before they can be used in patients. The bioactive particles in these composites are normally hard (relative to matrix materials) and brittle bioceramics such as hydroxyapatite (HA), tricalcium phosphate (TCP), Bioglass, etc. The matrices can be either “biostable” polymers such as high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polysulfone (PSU) or biodegradable polymers such as polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and poly(L-lactide) (PLLA). These polymers on their own possess different mechanical properties and display different deformation behaviours. With the incorporation of various amounts of particulate HA, TCP or Bioglass, the bone analogue polymeric composites exhibit a spectrum of deformation and fracture characteristics. In our systematic studies of HA/HDPE, Bioglass/HDPE, HA/PSU, HA/PHB, TCP/PHB and a few other bone analogues biomaterials over the past fifteen years, mechanical tests were conducted under a variety of loading conditions (tension, compression, bending, torsion, etc.). Comparisons of deformation and fracture behaviours of these composites were made and presented. The insights that have been gained are important for developing other bioactive ceramic-polymer composites.
Alan K.T. Lau, J. Lu, Vijay K. Varadan, F.K. Chang, J.P. Tu and P.M. Lam
M. Wang et al., "Deformation and Fracture of Bone Analogue Biomaterials Having Different Polymer Matrices", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 47-50, pp. 1391-1394, 2008