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Engineering of a multi-station shoulder simulator

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Smith, Professor Tom Joyce



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This work aimed to engineer a multi-station shoulder simulator in order to wear test shoulder prostheses using recognized shoulder activities of daily living. A bespoke simulator was designed, built and subject to commissioning trials before a first wear test was conducted. Five JRI Orthopaedics Reverse Shoulder VAIOS 42 mm prostheses were tested for 2.0 million cycles and a mean wear rate and standard deviation of 14.2 ± 2.1 mm3/106 cycles measured for the polymeric glenoid components. This result when adjusted for prostheses diameters and test conditions showed excellent agreement with results from hip simulator studies of similar materials in a lubricant of bovine serum. The Newcastle Shoulder Simulator is the first multi-station shoulder simulator capable of applying physiological motion and loading for typical activities of daily living.

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Author(s): Smith SL, Li L, Joyce T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine

Year: 2016

Volume: 230

Issue: 5

Pages: 470-480

Print publication date: 01/05/2016

Acceptance date: 15/09/2015

Date deposited: 24/05/2016

ISSN (print): 0954-4119

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3033

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0954411915611161


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EP/J014915/1Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Newcastle University Impact Award
F/00 125/ZLeverhulme Trust