Analysis and Improvement of a Biomedical Implant

Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. Peter Gustafson


An existing extendible prosthetic knee implant was studied using finite element analysis (FEA). The results were used to direct two redesign efforts aimed at improvements in structural durability. The first of these efforts involved a re-dimensioning of the components in the existing design. The second involved the development of an original design. Finally, FEA was used to quantify the performance of the new designs relative to each other and to the existing design. The new designs are expected to improve patient quality of life through increased implant durability, and the analysis techniques developed will aid in the development of new implants.


The designs and data contained within this report are subject to certain legal requirements as specified in the contract established between Biomet Orthopedics, Inc. and the team members. Accordingly, the contents should not be publicly disclosed without the consent of Biomet Orthopedics, Inc. and the team members.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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