Special Issue "Biomedical Applications of Shape Memory Alloys"
A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015)
Prof. Dr. Tony Anson
Experimental Techniques Centre, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK
Phone: +44 1895 267833
Interests: biological-synthetic material interface; binary; ternary; quaternary SMA’s; minimally invasive therapies; orthopaedic implants; stents; smart implants
Prof. Dr. Lorenza Petrini
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano
Interests: innovative materials, in particular shape memory alloys: development and implementation of material constitutive models; mechanics characterization of materials and devices for biomechanical applications. biomechanics: modelling of minimally-invasive vascular surgeries, of orthodontic and endodontic appliances. design and optimization of innovative devices as biodegradable magnesium stents
Shape Memory Alloys (SMA's) have been widely adopted in the biomedical fields. They are particularly relevant to cardiovascular, orthopaedic, general surgery, and other interventional approaches: prosthetic devices that exploit SMA properties are routinely used in clinical practice. However, many issues still exist; these concern the optimization of functional performance, manufacturing processes, mechanical behavior, biomaterial properties, and the development of relevant computational methods that are able to define behavior.
Of particular interest is the study of fatigue behavior and the potential risk of fracture: equally, the analysis and correlation between manufacturing processes and micro-structural properties with the development of numerical models that are able to define device life-cycles from raw material to final product design are also important.
The development of innovative devices at different scales is an example of one of the most debated arguments relating to the biomedical applications of SMA. This Special Issue aims to give a perspective of the most recent research in the field and welcomes both academic and industrial points of view. Experimental and numerical studies relating to shape memory materials and devices are particularly welcome.
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