Author(s): Jedwab MR, Clerc CO
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Abstract Stents are tubular devices that are used in cylindrical passages of the body following trauma or disease in order to keep the cross section of these passages open. A mathematical model of a self-expanding metallic stent has been developed with the aim of predicting various geometrical and mechanical properties of the stent. The model was developed with the main assumptions that the stent acts as a combination of a number of independent open-coiled helical springs with ends fixed against rotation, and that the springs undergo elastic deformations only. A series of experiments has been carried out in order to assess the validity of the model. The experimental results show good agreement with theory for the tests involving stent diameter and longitudinal force as a function of stent length and fair agreement, limited by frictional effects, for the tests involving radial pressure as a function of stent diameter.
This article was published in J Appl Biomater
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals