This benchtop test provides empirical evidence for the mechanical properties of metallic, cannulated and solid bone screws.
Testing objective is determining the mechanical properties in torsion of metallic bone screws that are implanted into the bone per ASTM F543-13e1. Testing objectives may also include self-tapping performance and axial pullout strength. All tests will be performed to device failure and MDT will record the highest force measured. The device manufacturer will also examine the devices post-testing against the acceptance and/or failure criteria.
The test system utilizes various testing aparatuses designed by MDT. Example fixtures images are included right - axial (top), torsional (bottom). MDT will integrate such fixtures with an Instron ElectroPuls E3000 Test Instrument. The ElectroPuls E3000 Test Instrument used is rated to 3000N (675 lbs) and performs precision materials tests including tension/compression, fatigue and dynamic materials characterization.
MDT tests are conducted in accordance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025-2005. Testing schedules and resource needs are determined during project kickoff meetings with MDT engineers and the customer. Services are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures and test protocols specific to the project. Standard tests do not begin without a protocol signed by both the customer and an MDT representative. For feasibility or non-standard tests, MDT will develop a method and protocol with customer input and will review the final process with the customer prior to initiation of the test.
The test equipment software monitors the cycle count and displacement throughout the duration of the test. MDT engineers monitor the test daily and record the temperature and pressure for the system, as well as the outside radial strain at predetermined positions for each device being tested. MDT sends weekly updates to ensure customers are apprised of the status of their test. Updates include raw data collected throughout the week for the customer's analysis.
MDT offers several inspection and monitoring methods including:
Tests are conducted in accordance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025-2005. In compliance with this standard, MDT test reports include comprehensive documentation and summary of the test protocol and results. Any test method deviations, additions, or exclusions are documented and reviewed with the customer prior to beginning the test. Information within the report includes the specific test conditions, statements of compliance with test protocol, and the estimated measurement uncertainty. The reported results only relate to the items tested. Any opinions and interpretations provided by MDT are clearly marked as such. Any additional information required by customer-specific methods will also be noted. At the conclusion of the test, MDT provides the customer with a Microsoft Windows formatted CD containing copies of all raw data, inspection results, and other information collected during the test (see example test reports).