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Elastic filaments from thermoplastic polyurethanes for application in highly elastic mesh implants

  • Philipp Schuster EMAIL logo , Klas-Moritz Kossel , Andreas Lambertz , Ruben Raoul Marginus Vogels , Christian Daniel Klink , Uwe Klinge , Thomas Gries and Stefan Jockenhoevel
From the journal BioNanoMaterials


One goal for the development of novel mesh implants is the adaption of the implant’s mechanical properties to the physiological properties of the native tissue. Following this approach there is a multitude of interesting applications where implant structures with a defined elastic behaviour are required. Textile structures made out of elastic filaments can fulfil these requirements. In this study, we investigated the melt spinning process for medical grade poly(carbonat)urethanes (PCU) aiming at fibres with an appropriate elasticity for the usage in elastic mesh implants. Filaments with good elastic properties and high recovery rates could be produced out of PCU with shore 93A.

Corresponding author: Philipp Schuster, Institut fuer Textiltechnik Aachen at RWTH Aachen University, Otto-Blumenthal-Str. 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany, Phone: +0049 241 80 85560, Fax: +0049 241 80 22422, E-mail:


The study was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF, Berlin, Germany (Grant number: 360665). The authors carry the responsibility for the content of this publication.


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Received: 2014-5-19
Accepted: 2014-8-22
Published Online: 2014-10-8
Published in Print: 2014-9-1

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