Date of Award

Spring 5-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering


Biological Science

First Advisor

Renee Rogge

Second Advisor

Glen Livesay

Third Advisor

Lee Waite


Composite bones are often used in testing of orthopedic implants due to their relative ease of use and low inter-specimen variability when compared to cadaveric bones. Tests were run to ensure that the composite bones remained an acceptable model for cadaver bones throughout surgical manipulation. Composite (n=6) and cadaver (n=6) femur specimen were subjected to a total hip arthroplasty (THA). Flexural rigidity, axial stiffness, and axial strain measurements were taken at various stages in the surgical process. The composite and cadaver specimen were not found to behave similarly in either flexural rigidity or axial stiffness tests. The results showed a general inconsistency in the behavior of the specimen, making the composite bones an imperfect model. No residual strains or creep in the axial strain tests were found for either composite or cadaver bones; this supports the use of composite bones to reduce unpredictability in testing results.