The tribological behaviour of Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip prostheses is a key factor for their success. In particular, wear is recognized to have a crucial role in the failure of a prosthesis and can have severe consequences on the patient’s health, e.g. pseudo-tumors in MoM implants, [1,2]. The lubrication of the coupling between the prosthetic head and the acetabular cup can affect both the contact behaviour and the wear of the prosthesis . Different contributions exist in the pertinent literature addressing the elastohydrodynamic analysis of the head-acetabulum coupling, but rarely these analysis are performed taking into account the possible fluid cavitation in the contact area between the mating surfaces . In order to improve the tribological performance of hip implants, the use of textured surfaces has been proposed in recent studies . The present contribution focuses on the possible improvement that textured surfaces could give to the hip joint replacement tribological behaviour. Textured surfaces are widely used in mechanics in order to increase the carrying capacity of various kind of joints working in elastohydrodynamic condition [6-8]. Textured surfaces typically show a path of cavitated zones due to the presence of dimples in the contact surfaces. The effect of these cavitated zones can result in a global decreasing of friction and wear . This preliminary contribution aims at studying, by means of preliminary simplified one-dimensional models, the influence of the geometrical parameters of the textures on the tribological behavior of a hip joint coupling. The analysis have been carried out employing a linear complementarity mass-conserving algorithm originally proposed in , capable of properly capturing the phenomenon of cavitation.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Titolo:||The influence of textured surfaces on the tribological behaviour of hip replacements employing a mass conserving complementarity algorithm|
|Autori:||Dini, Daniele; Giacopini, Matteo; Giuseppe, Mulas Antonio; Bertocchi, Enrico|
|Data del convegno:||17-21 May 2015|
|Nome del convegno:||Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2015|
|Luogo del convegno:||Dallas, United States|
|Titolo del libro:||Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Relazione in Atti di Convegno|
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