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Biomaterials

A Tantalus Experience

  • Jozef A. Helsen
  • Yannis Missirlis

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 19-50
  4. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 51-70
  5. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 71-97
  6. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 99-120
  7. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 121-136
  8. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 137-149
  9. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 151-163
  10. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 165-189
  11. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 191-217
  12. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 219-242
  13. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 243-267
  14. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 269-289
  15. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 291-299
  16. Jozef A. Helsen, Yannis Missirlis
    Pages 301-302
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 303-340

About this book

Introduction

Replacement of a failing hip joint or other defective organs in the human body by artificial ‘spare parts’ has significantly improved our quality of life. These spare parts have to meet a wide spectrum of mechanical, chemical and design requirements.  In this book, the properties and selection of materials for such `spare parts’ are deduced from case studies at the start of each chapter. Hard tissue replacements (joints, long bones, dental), soft tissue (heart valves) and tissue engineering are included. The chapters also detail the three generic classes of materials: alloys (including shape memory alloys), ceramics & glasses and polymers. Separate chapters are devoted to the toxicity of implants, the metals zirconium(-zirconium oxide), tantalum, niobium and metallic glasses, soluble metals and Rapid Prototyping techniques for the fabrication of custom made prostheses.  The book concludes by a chapter on water as water is always ‘there’ and conditions the interaction between body and implant. Water is the very matrix of life on earth.   A peculiarity of the book is its ‘perspective view’, meaning that the authors looked behind the present biomaterials’ décor and included historical backgrounds (real and mythological), future developments, and the relation to nature (plants and geology).

Keywords

Biocompatible ceramics Biocompatible metallics Biological materials Biomaterial Dental materials Heart valve substitues Prothetic materials Tissue Engineering Toxicity of implants blood vessel bone tissue

Authors and affiliations

  • Jozef A. Helsen
    • 1
  • Yannis Missirlis
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Metallurgy and, Materials EngineeringKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Dept. Mechanical Engineering &, AeronauticsUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12532-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12531-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12532-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1618-7210
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