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The effects of laser marking and symbol etching on the fatigue life of medical devices.

OGRODNIK, Peter and MOORCROFT, Christopher and WARDLE, Peter (2013) The effects of laser marking and symbol etching on the fatigue life of medical devices. Journal of Medical Engineering, 2013 (570354). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2314-5129

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This paper examines the question – “does permanent laser marking affect the mechanical performance of a metallic medical component?” A literature review revealed the surprising fact that very little has been presented or studied even though intuition suggests that its effect could be detrimental to a component's fatigue life. A brief investigation of laser marking suggests that defects greater than 25μm are possible. A theoretical investigation further suggests that this is unlikely to cause issues with relation to fast fracture but is highly likely to cause fatigue life issues. An experimental investigation confirmed that laser marking reduced the fatigue life of a component. This combination of evidence suggests, strongly, that positioning of laser marking is highly critical and should not be left to chance. It is further suggested that medical device designers, especially those related to orthopaedic implants, should consider the position of laser marking in the design process. They should ensure it is in an area of low stress amplitude. They should also ensure that they investigate worst-case scenarios when considering the stress environment; this, however, may not be straightforward.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
H100 General Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Engineering
Depositing User: Peter OGRODNIK
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 15:59
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/552

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