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[With an ageing population  and an increasing rate of sports related injuries , the need for a steady and reliable source of good quality materials for orthopaedic applications seems paramount. Currently, the three main commercially available types of orthopaedic implants are:...
[This chapter briefly discusses relevant literature on the degradation mechanisms of bioresorbable composites and the computational models developed to characterise them. As mentioned in the introductory chapter, the harvest and analysis of published experimental degradation data from...
[This chapter discusses the development of computational degradation models for different bioresorbable composite materials. The models were developed in a two-stage process. Firstly, a general modelling framework was generated and analysed and secondly, this general framework was particularised...
[As previously mentioned in the introductory chapter, studying the degradation of biocomposites is a time and resource-consuming process. Therefore it is logical to try and maximise the information that can be extracted from already published experimental data. Although inaccurate and incomplete...
[In this chapter, the analysis of the degradation of hydroxyapatite (HA) composites using the HA composites degradation model, described in Sect. 3.2.2, is presented. The chapter follows, with minor changes, the structure of Chap. 4. Firstly, in Sect. 5.1, the HA composite degradation data...
[This chapter presents the study of the degradation of nanocomposites made of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) and calcium carbonate. The first section of the chapter describes the materials and methods employed in this work. The second section includes the characterisation of the raw materials...
[This chapter includes the analysis of the degradation of calcium carbonate (CC) composites employing the CC composites degradation model described in Sect. 3.2.3. In addition, it presents a second analysis of the experimental data presented in Chap. 6 using an extended method which takes...
[In this final chapter, the main conclusions stemming from this research are presented, followed by a series of suggestions for future work.]
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