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This test method can be used to describe the effects of materials, manufacturing, and design variables on the fatigue performance of metallic tibial trays subject to cyclic loading for relatively large numbers of cycles.
The loading of tibial tray designs in vivo will, in general, differ from the loading defined in this test method. The results obtained here cannot be used to directly predict in vivo performance. However, this test method is designed to allow for comparisons between the fatigue performance of different metallic tibial tray designs, when tested under similar conditions.
In order for fatigue data on tibial trays to be comparable, reproducible, and capable of being correlated among laboratories, it is essential that uniform procedures be established.
1.1 This test method covers a procedure for the fatigue testing of metallic tibial trays used in knee joint replacements. This test method covers the procedures for the performance of fatigue tests on metallic tibial components using a cyclic, constant-amplitude force. It applies to tibial trays which cover both the medial and lateral plateaus of the tibia. This test method may require modifications to accommodate other tibial tray designs.
1.2 This test method is intended to provide useful, consistent, and reproducible information about the fatigue performance of metallic tibial trays with one unsupported condyle.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are for information only.
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.
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