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Title: Quantitative radiographic analysis of fiber reinforced polymer composites
Authors: Baidya, K.P.
Ramakrishna, S. 
Rahman, M. 
Ritchie, A.
Keywords: Fiber reinforced polymer composite material
Total mass attenuation coefficient (TMAC)
Issue Date: Jan-2001
Citation: Baidya, K.P., Ramakrishna, S., Rahman, M., Ritchie, A. (2001-01). Quantitative radiographic analysis of fiber reinforced polymer composites. Journal of Biomaterials Applications 15 (3) : 279-289. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: X-ray radiographic examination of the bone fracture healing process is a widely used method in the treatment and management of patients. Medical devices made of metallic alloys reportedly produce considerable artifacts that make the interpretation of radiographs difficult. Fiber reinforced polymer composite materials have been proposed to replace metallic alloys in certain medical devices because of their radiolucency, light weight, and tailorable mechanical properties. The primary objective of this paper is to provide a comparable radiographic analysis of different fiber reinforced polymer composites that are considered suitable for biomedical applications. Composite materials investigated consist of glass, aramid (Kevlar-29), and carbon reinforcement fibers, and epoxy and polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) matrices. The total mass attenuation coefficient of each material was measured using clinical X-rays (50 kev). The carbon fiber reinforced composites were found to be more radiolucent than the glass and kevlar fiber reinforced composites.
Source Title: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
ISSN: 08853282
DOI: 10.1106/BKLQ-E2YG-D2LA-RG3R
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