Handbook of Biomaterial Properties

  • Jonathan Black
  • Garth Hastings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Currey
      Pages 3-14
    3. T. M. Keaveny
      Pages 15-23
    4. K. E. Healy
      Pages 24-39
    5. J. R. Parsons
      Pages 40-47
    6. V. M. Gharpuray
      Pages 48-58
    7. S. L-Y. Woo, R. E. Levine
      Pages 59-65
    8. A. F. T. Mak, M. Zhang
      Pages 66-69
    9. S. S. Margulies, D. F. Meaney
      Pages 70-80
    10. X. Deng, R. Guidoin
      Pages 81-105
    11. T. V. Chirila
      Pages 106-113
    12. V. Turitto, S. M. Slack
      Pages 114-124
    13. T. V. Chirila, Y. Hong
      Pages 125-131
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. J. Breme, V. Biehl
      Pages 135-144
    3. Jonathan Black, Garth Hastings
      Pages 145-166
    4. Jonathan Black, Garth Hastings
      Pages 167-178
    5. Jonathan Black, Garth Hastings
      Pages 179-200
    6. Jonathan Black, Garth Hastings
      Pages 201-213

About this book


Progress in the development of surgical implant materials has been hindered by the lack of basic information on the nature of the tissues, organs and systems being repaired or replaced. Materials' properties of living systems, whose study has been conducted largely under the rubric of tissue mechanics, has tended to be more descriptive than quantitative. In the early days of the modern surgical implant era, this deficiency was not critical. However, as implants continue to improve and both longer service life and higher reliability are sought, the inability to predict the behavior of implanted manufactured materials has revealed the relative lack of knowledge of the materials properties of the supporting or host system, either in health or disease. Such a situation is unacceptable in more conventional engineering practice: the success of new designs for aeronautical and marine applications depends exquisitely upon a detailed, disciplined and quantitative knowledge of service environments, including the properties of materials which will be encountered and interacted with. Thus the knowledge of the myriad physical properties of ocean ice makes possible the design and development of icebreakers without the need for trial and error. In contrast, the development period for a new surgical implant, incorporating new materials, may well exceed a decade and even then only short term performance predictions can be made.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Black
    • 1
  • Garth Hastings
    • 2
  1. 1.Clemson UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Materials Research and Engineering National University of SingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5801-9
  • Copyright Information Chapman & Hall 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-60330-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5801-9
  • About this book