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This specification covers rigid polyurethane foam blocks or sheets recommended for use as a standard material for mechanical testing using orthopedic devices and instruments. Although the physical properties of the foam are in the order of those reported for human cancellous bones, these materials are not intended for implantation into the human body. All materials should conform to the specified quality of appearance, dimensional stability, and composition, and values of void content, compressive strength, compressive modulus, shear strength, shear modulus, and screw pullout.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
Significance and Use
5.1 This specification describes the compositional requirements, physical requirements, mechanical requirements, and test methods for rigid unicellular polyurethane foam for use in testing orthopaedic devices or instruments.
5.2 This foam described in this specification is not intended to replicate the mechanical properties of human or animal bone. The requirements of this specification are intended to provide a consistent and uniform material with properties on the order of human cancellous bone to use as a test medium when testing various orthopaedic devices, such as bone screws.
1.1 This specification covers rigid unicellular polyurethane foam for use as a standard material for performing mechanical tests utilizing orthopaedic devices or instruments. The specification is applicable to sheets or blocks of foam, or foam that is made by the user using a two-part liquid mixture.
1.2 This specification covers polyurethane foam material that is used in the laboratory for mechanical testing, as described in 1.1. These materials are not intended for implantation into the human body.
1.3 The foam described herein possesses mechanical properties which are on the order of those reported for human cancellous bone. See Appendix X1, Rationale, for further information regarding the appropriateness of using the specified foam as a model for human cancellous bone.
1.6 This specification provides mechanical properties of five different grades of foam in the solid final form. A foam that does not meet the specified mechanical properties shall be identified as an ungraded foam.
1.8 The following precautionary statement pertains to the test method portion only, Section 8, of this specification: 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.
C273 Test Method for Shear Properties of Sandwich Core Materials
D1621 Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics
D1622 Test Method for Apparent Density of Rigid Cellular Plastics
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
F543 Specification and Test Methods for Metallic Medical Bone Screws
ICS Number Code 11.040.01 (Medical equipment in general)
UNSPSC Code 42242000(Prosthetic devices or accessories and supplies)
ASTM F1839-08(2012), Standard Specification for Rigid Polyurethane Foam for Use as a Standard Material for Testing Orthopaedic Devices and Instruments, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top