ASTM F2345 – Standard Test Methods for Determination of Static and Cyclic Fatigue Strength of Ceramic Modular Femoral Heads

These test methods cover the evaluation of the static and cyclic fatigue strength of ceramic modular femoral heads, mounted on a cone as used on the femoral stem of the total hip arthroplasty.

These test methods can be used to determine the effects of head and cone materials, design variables, manufacturing, and other conditions on the static and cyclic load-carrying ability of modular femoral heads mounted on the cones of femoral stem prostheses.  These test methods may use actual femoral prostheses or neck-cone models of simplified geometry with the same geometrical and material characteristics as in the implants.  In either case, the matching metallic cone region of the test specimen selected shall be of the same material, tolerances, and finishing as the final femoral stem prosthesis.  The static test data may yield valuable information about the relative strengths and merits of different head and cone designs for particular applications.  Due to the high forces anticipated for this type of destructive test (>40 kN), the boundary conditions and load levels far exceed possible in vivo loading parameters and therefore may not necessarily be applicable as a quantitative indicator of expected in vivo device performance.

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