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Spinal Rod Heat Tinting

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 11/01/2009
End Date 06/30/2010
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount 2,000
Community Partner Andres Munk, Orthopedic Surgeon, Macomb Orthopedic Surgeons
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Last Updated 01/11/2010 10:43PM
Keywords Spinal rod, biomechanical properties, heat tinting


  Anthony Paris

Student Researchers
  Alex Bergeron


Hypothesis: Titanium (ASTM F138), stainless steel (ASTM F136) and cobalt-chromium-molybdenum (ASTM F75) spinal rods can be heat tinted without significantly changing their biomechanical properties.

The objective of the proposed study is to establish heat tinting protocols for stainless steel, titanium, and cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy spinal rods that do not significantly affect the biomechanical properties of the rods. Such protocols are desired for a detailed fatigue and fracture study of the rods.

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