FURI | Spring 2022

Fatigue Analysis of Additively Manufactured Ti-6Al-4V for Biomedical Applications: Permanent Bone Screws

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Additively manufactured (AM) materials are being used increasingly in many industries, specifically the health sector. AM materials are highly advantageous as they can be quickly produced and are custom-created to exactly fit the application. In this research, the fatigue life of AM Ti-6Al-4V is studied and compared to the fatigue life of standard produced Ti-6Al-4V. The comparison will determine whether AM Ti-6Al-4V is suitable for the specific application of human bone screws. If it is determined suitable for the application, more research should be conducted on the osseointegration of AM Ti-6Al-4V in the human body.

Student researcher

Luke Hase

Luke Toshiharu Dommerich Hase

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2023