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dc.creatorSandel, Mark Eugene
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dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en
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dc.description.abstractExternal skeletal fixation is commonly used for treatment of many orthopedic diseases and injuries in both human and animal patients. It is mainly used for support of fractures during the healing process. Research on the loosening of transfixation pins is commonly done but usually focuses on the pin-bone interaction. This study focused on the pin-clamp interaction by testing five different clamps. It involved loading the pin at a distance of 1.5 inches from the positioning rod. A transverse load was then applied until the pin deflected 6 millimeters. The clamps were tested in both a tightening and a loosening direction with respect to the torque applied to the bolt by the loaded pin. In addition, one type of clamp was loaded in a cyclic mode. The results of the study show that the direction of the clamp had no effect on the peak load of that clamp. It also showed that cutting the clamp in half, which has definite clinical advantages, did not affect the peak load for the clamp.en
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
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dc.subjectMajor bioengineering.en
dc.titleStability of external skeletal fixation clampsen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen

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