Project Title: Patient-customized and load-orientated self-reinforced polymer fibre and textile-reinforced composite structures for bone fixation
Project Description: This project will use fibre spinning techniques to target enhanced strength and stiffness properties in bioabsorbable polymer fibres. There will be the utilization of micro-CT imaging to determine the natural material-structure interaction in sub-mandibular bones and then reconstruct the sub-mandibular bone to characterise biomechanics using finite element models. Micromechanical models of fibre- and textile-based degradable structures will be developed. Micromechanical modelling to inform a biomimetic textile-based design that maximises stiffness and strength within a patient-specific geometry will be performed. This project will culminate in the development of a micron-scale single fibre placement process and fabrication of prototype textile-reinforced bone scaffold
Host Academic: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA), Madrid, Spain
Host Industry: ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (ITA), Aachen, Germany
Lead Supervisors: Prof Javier Llorca (IMDEA), Markus Beckmann (ITA).
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