Friction

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 87–98 | Cite as

Influence of surgical suture properties on the tribological interactions with artificial skin by a capstan experiment approach

  • Gangqiang Zhang
  • Tianhui Ren
  • Xiangqiong Zeng
  • Emile Van Der Heide
Open Access
Research Article

Abstract

Tribological interactions between surgical suture and human tissue play an important role in the stitching process. The purpose of the paper is to understanding the tribological behavior of surgical suture interacting with artificial skin, with respect to surgical suture material and structure, by means of a capstan experiment approach and a contact area model. The results indicated that structure and surface topography of the surgical suture had a pronounced effect on the tribological interactions. The apparent coefficient of friction of vicryl surgical suture was the smallest among the three surgical suture materials. As the sliding velocity increased, or the applied load decreased, the coefficient of friction increased. Furthermore, stick-slip phenomena were observed during the sliding procedure.

Keywords

friction sliding surgical suture artificial skin capstan experiment 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to Marie Curie CIG (No. PCIG10-GA-2011-303922), the Shanghai Municipal “Science and Technology Innovation Action Plan” International Cooperation Project (No. 15540723600) for the financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gangqiang Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tianhui Ren
    • 3
  • Xiangqiong Zeng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emile Van Der Heide
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Advanced Lubricating Materials Laboratory, Shanghai Advanced Research InstituteChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Laboratory for Surface Technology and TribologyUniversity of TwenteEnschedethe Netherlands
  3. 3.School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory for Thin Film and Microfabrication of the Ministry of EducationShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.TU DelftFaculty of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesDelftthe Netherlands

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