Utilising CAE technology to design durable implants and implement effective fatigue evaluation
One of the most frequent and severe joint inflictions, osteoarthritis, often requires administration of a Total Hip Replacement (THR). This implant, being significantly load-bearing, requires a complex design that is strong enough to withstand long durations of load. Bone implant designs must be precise and durable in order to withstand significant load and pressure over time.
Detroit Engineered Products (DEP) effectively tackled this challenge by developing 3D CAD models for implants and building an effective fatigue evaluation model to assess the life cycle of various implants. Through its proprietary CAE platform, MeshWorks, DEP utilised unique morphing and meshing tools in order to further understand non-standard hip implant geometries. This enabled DEP to carry out hypothetical test scenarios and estimate the fatigue life of implants, which resulted in significant benefits in extending the overall life of the implants.
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