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ECiMa™ for Low Wear, Optimal Mechanical Properties and Oxidation Resistance of Hip Bearings

  • Alison TraynorEmail author
  • David Simpson
  • Simon Collins
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Abstract

Peri-prosthetic osteolysis, secondary to wear, is a limitation of conventional UHMWPE. Highly cross-linked polyethylene (HXLPE) materials were introduced to overcome these limitations; however, there are still concerns with regard to material property degradation and oxidation. ECiMa is a cold-irradiated, mechanically annealed, vitamin-E-blended HXLPE developed to maintain mechanical properties, minimise wear and improve long-term oxidation resistance. This chapter reports on the in vitro testing that has been completed for ECiMa. The material has demonstrated a reduced wear rate during in vitro hip simulation when compared to conventional UHMWPE, and improved mechanical properties and long-term oxidation resistance in comparison to HXLPE. This makes ECiMa a promising next-generation bearing material.

Keywords

Wear Rate Oxidation Resistance Fatigue Crack Propagation Total Joint Replacement Free Radical Scavenge Ability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical DepartmentCorin Ltd, Corinium CentreCirencesterUK

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