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Biomechanics and Testing

Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Biomaterials and Testing

The Biomaterials and Testing Lab performs a variety of testing to evaluate implant performance and characterize material properties. The lab's testing experience ranges from coupons under ASTM standards to real components under conditions simulating in-service environments and from metals to polymers and composites. The lab's expertise includes elastic-plastic behavior and fatigue crack initiation and growth.

Equipment includes large-scale and small-scale servo-hydraulic test machines including environmental chambers and a variety of load cells and extensometers, strain gage measurement systems, sample preparation equipment, optical and scanning electron microscopes, hardness testing and access to the DU machine shop for preparation of specimens and fabrication of custom fixtures.

Testing, failure analysis and consulting services are available.