HUN-REN-BME Research Group

Development of implant materials and surfaces with improved load bearing capacity and wear resistance

Project ID:
Supported by:
Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
1 September 2021 - 31 August 2025
Supervisor (BME):
Prof. Dr. Tibor Czigány
Dr. Gábor Szebényi
Participant researchers (BME):
Prof. Dr. Czigány Tibor
Dr. Szebényi Gábor
Dr. Kovács Norbert Krisztián
Keszei Kitti
Nemes-Károly István
Ureczki Ágnes

Project summary

The aim of the project is to explore the application possibilities of novel technologies, polymers, and polymer composite materials for use in implants with which the listed goals can be achieved. The main key issues and objectives are: Our research is based on two main parts. The first pillar is to improve the lubrication condition of metal–polymer sliding pairs. A comprehensive study of the effects that can be achieved by modifying the polymer material of the artificial joint by crosslinking by irradiation, surface modification by grafting, and by the creation of surface nano- and microstructures. We aim to investigate the effect of titanium-side modifications by creating volumetric structures. We also aim to map the obtained tribological and mechanical characteristics and explore the interactions between them. The second pillar is to develop a new implant manufacturing technology for the processing of medical-grade polymers to create customizable, economically manufacturable implants from polymers and polymer composites. We aim to explore the potential of FDM 3D printing, determine the effects of manufacturing technology parameters (filling structure, orientation, porosity) on tribological properties. We also aim to create direct, in situ surface microstructures to improve the wear properties of 3D printed structures, mapping their effect on the tribological behavior and compare the results with the reference UHMWPE samples. The results of the project will facilitate the creation of longer-lasting implants that withstand higher loads, customizable implants, and even additional patents that could be useful for the industry.

Project results

Section 1
1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022

Section 2
1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023

Section 3
1 September 2023 - 31 August 2024

Section 4
1 September 2024 - 31 August 2025

Project-related publications

  1. Kiss B., Párizs R. D., Tóth Cs., Török D., Kovács N. K.: Anyagextrúzió alapú additív gyártástechnológiával készült termékek anizotróp viselkedésének elemzése. Polimerek, 5, 155-160 (2023)
  2. Nemes-Károly I., Szebényi G.: Improving Optical Damage Analysis of Knee Implants from an Engineering Perspective. Periodica Polytechnica-Mechanical Engineering, 67, 151-160 (2023) 10.3311/PPme.21734 IF=1.3
  3. Nemes-Károly I., Szebényi G.: Reliable methods for classification, characterization, and design of cellular structures for patient-specific implants. Materials, 16, 4146/1-4146/ (2023) 10.3390/ma16114146 IF=3.4 Q2
  4. Temesi T., Czigány T.: The effect of surface treatment on the shear properties of aluminium-polypropylene joints manufactured by laser beam. Polymer Testing, 117, 107882/1-107882/ (2023) 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2022.107882 IF=5.1 D1
  5. Tóth Cs., Kovács N. K.: Comparison of the accuracy of analytical models for basalt fiber–reinforced poly(lactic acid) composites prepared by injection molding and fused filament fabrication. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 121, 3999–4010 (2022) 10.1007/s00170-022-09572-8 IF=3.4 Q2
  6. Szederkényi B., Turcsán T., Kovács N. K., Czigány T.: Additív gyártástechnológiával készített, folytonos szállal erősített kompozitok szimulációs elemzése. Gép, 73, 82-87 (2022)
  7. Vas L. M., Tamas P., Bognár E., Nagy P., Kesmarszky R., Pap K., Szebényi G.: Nonlinear fiber-bundle-cells-based phenomenological modeling of human tissue samples. Biomechaniacs and Modeling in Mechanobiology, , 21 (2022) 10.1007/s10237-022-01621-1

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