Faculty Advisor

Liang, Jianyu

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

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Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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