Paper number 1094


Krishna P Baidya1, Seeram Ramakrishna1, A. Ritchie2, M.Rahman1

1Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, National University of -Singapore, Singapore-119260
2Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore-19260

Summary Current work reports the design and evaluation of circular rings for Ilizarov external fixator system. A radiolucent composite material of knitted aramid fibre (and short chopped carbon) and epoxy resin is used to replace stainless steel, currently the most commonly used material. The use of a radiolucent composite material permits easier and more accurate radiographic evaluation of the healing process, and results in a much lighter system. The half ring was modelled by the Finite Element Method (FEM) for the worst possible in service loading condition. Prototype of the half ring is produced using two different fabrics. Knitted fibre (Kevlar-29) and short chopped carbon fibre is used as reinforcement of the epoxy resin matrix. In-plane compressive strength and stiffness were tested according to the ASTM specification. The performance was evaluated and compared to an existing system in simulated in service conditions.
Keywords ilizarov external fixator, Finite Element Method (FEM), radiolucency, knitted and short chopped fabric, kevlar and carbon fiber, in-plane compressive strength.

Theme : Design Methods and Optimisation

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