This orthopedic method and device quantifies contact stress and contact area in total joint replacements. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has reported that annual hip and knee joint replacements have risen to over 2 million procedures within the United States alone. These implants have a typical lifespan of 10 years before needing to be replaced due to the wearing…
Inventor: Martine LaBerg, Andrew Clark
Clemson researchers have engineered a mechanically-stable antibiotic coating that withstands insertion to disperse a consistent antibiotic dosage throughout the lifespan of the implant.
Inventor: Dr. Alexey Vertegel & Dr. Christopher Gross
Clemson University researchers have developed “smart” orthopedic screws that incorporate x-ray excitable materials so detection through tissue is possible. This approach enables noninvasive monitoring and detection of implant strain so preventative measures can be taken to limit patient stress.
Inventor: Jeffrey Anker, Jonathan Heath, Dakota Anderson, Melissa Rogalski
Fiber and Films
Clemson University researchers have developed a computational fabrication system that allows for the customization of material properties of fabrics at a larger scale. By utilizing a novel path planning algorithm, the system creates a stitch design that, when added to the fabric, changes the stiffness of the material based on the design needs.
Inventor: Dr. Victor Zordan