Mechanical Testing of Vascular Grafts

  • Martin StoiberEmail author
  • Christian Grasl
  • Francesco Moscato
  • Heinrich Schima
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Beside other requirements, the mechanical behavior plays an important role in the success of vascular grafts. For the development, quality control, and assessment of vascular grafts, precise and predictive mechanical characterization is essential. Today’s technology offers a wide range of mechanical tests for various applications. The selection of the proper test method out of these numerous options is a challenging task, because different scientific questions and issues require different testing methods. In this chapter, an overview and review of important methods with numerous relevant references for the mechanical characterization of vascular grafts is given. In addition, a classification of the testing methods according to the measurement purpose is presented. Special attention is paid to dynamic measurement techniques, which are more close to the target application. Challenges and possibilities of these measurement methods are demonstrated and discussed. This shall form a basis to assess one’s own needs and to help at the selection process to find the most suitable testing methods.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Stoiber
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Christian Grasl
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francesco Moscato
    • 1
  • Heinrich Schima
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical EngineeringMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cardiovascular ResearchViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department for Cardiac SurgeryMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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