This apparatus simulates the movements and mechanical loads induced by gait on the hip articulation. It allows testing the resistance to wear of bearing components of the hip prostheses (heap and cup).
Frequency: up to 1Hz
Load: programmable, up to 5 kN per station
Test medium: water or diluted bovine serum
Decoaptation is possible on 1 station
Example of load cycle (left: Paul's cycle) and movements (droite) allowed by Mateis Hip Simulator
See also: L. Gremillard et al., Combining aging and wear to assess the durability of zirconia-based ceramic heads for total hip arthroplasty, Acta Biomaterialia 2013, 9 (7) pp. 7545–7555
Contact: Laurent Gremillard