ASTM F1820 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Forces for Disassembly of Modular Acetabular Devices

    Active Standard ASTM F1820 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method is intended to help assess the locking strength of the acetabular liner in a modular shell when subjected to three different force application conditions.

    5.2 This test method may not be appropriate for all implant applications. The user is cautioned to consider the appropriateness of the method in view of the materials and design being tested and their potential application.

    5.3 While these test methods may be used to measure the force required to disengage modular acetabular devices, comparison of such data for various device designs must take into consideration the size of the implant and the type of locking mechanism evaluated. The location of the locking mechanism relative to the load application may be dependent upon the size and design of the acetabular device. In addition, the locking mechanism itself may vary with size, particularly if the design is circumferential in nature (for example, a larger diameter implants would have a greater area of acetabular shell/acetabular liner interface than a small diameter implant).

    5.4 Material failure is possible before locking mechanism failure during either push-out or offset pullout/lever-out conditions. This is due to the possibility that the shear strength of the material may be exceeded before the locking mechanism is fully tested. If this occurs, those results shall be reported and steps taken to minimize this effect. Some possibilities for minimizing shear might include utilizing the smallest size components, using a flat rod end rather than a round rod end or placing a small metal plate between the liner and shell (during push-out). For well-designed polyethylene inserts, it may not be possible to push out or offset pullout/lever out the liner without fracture. In some cases, reporting the maximum force and acknowledging that the true disassembly force will be higher may be justified.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a standard methodology by which to measure the attachment strength between the modular acetabular shell and liner. Although the methodology described does not replicate physiological loading conditions, it has been described as a means of comparing the integrity of various locking mechanisms.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    F2345 Test Methods for Determination of Static and Cyclic Fatigue Strength of Ceramic Modular Femoral Heads


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prothetics and orthotics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42321700(Hip joint implants); 42321900(Shoulder joint implants)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1820-13

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