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The use of nitinol stents in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) is becoming commonplace. The SFA is a tortuous biomechanical environment that has challenged the durability of these devices. A thorough understanding of the biomechanical loading environment is necessary to design and evaluate new stents. This paper reports recent methods for use of bench testing as a tool to predict fatigue fracture of stents for complex multimode duty cycles.
fatigue testing, stent fracture, fatigue fractures, bench testing
PE, Director-Cardiovascular Systems, Bose Corporation, Eden Prairie, MN