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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

CiteScore 2018: 0.47

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.377

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Investigation of Bauschinger effect in thermo-plastic polymers for biodegradable stents

Kerstin Schümann / Olga Sahmel / Heiner Martin / Klaus-Peter Schmitz
  • Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock, Germany
  • Institute for ImplantTechnology and Biomaterials, Rostock, Germany
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Published Online: 2017-09-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2017-0130


The Bauschinger effect is a phenomenon metals show as a result of plastic deformation. After a primary plastic deformation the yield strength in the opposite loading direction decreases. The aim of this study is to investigate if there is a phenomenon similar to Bauschinger effect in thermoplastic polymers for stent application that would influence the mechanical properties of these biodegradable implants. Combined uniaxial tensile with subsequent compression tests as well as conventional compression tests without prior tensile loading were performed using biodegradable polymers for stent application (PLLA and a PLLA based blend). Comparing the results of compression tests with prior tensile loading to the compression-only tests a decrease in compressive strength can be observed for both of the tested materials. The conclusion of the performed experiments is that there is a phenomenon similar to Bauschinger effect not only in metallic materials but also in the examined thermoplastic polymers. The observed reduction of compressive strength as a consequence of prior tensile loading can influence the mechanical behaviour, e.g. the radial strength, of polymeric stents after sustaining a complex load history due to crimping and expansion.

Keywords: Bauschinger effect; thermoplastic polymers; load history; tensile/compression test; biodegradable stents

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Published Online: 2017-09-07

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 623–625, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2017-0130.

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©2017 Kerstin Schümann et al., published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. BY-NC-ND 4.0

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