An increase of geriatric patients requires improved orthopedic implant technology. Hydroxyapatite is a material naturally found in bone tissue, but the use of synthesized hydroxyapatite in orthopedic implants is limited because of its poor mechanical properties. The goal of this project is to use nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and epoxy resin to create composite materials that mimic bone tissue's nano-structure, test their mechanical properties to determine the influence of nanostructure and characterize the failure mechanisms using electron microscopy.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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