Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories

Materials Testing Laboratory

The primary purpose of this lab is to evaluate the properties and response of non-biological materials to forces and stresses. Below is a list of the equipment used in this lab. 

1. Servo-Hydraulic Testing Machine

  • MTS Model 204.52 Hydraulic Actuator Testing Machine
  • Used to examine the physical strength of materials
  • Produces computer controlled displacements or forces in sine or ramp wave shapes
  • Capable of producing 50ms sinewave load or position controlled impacts of up to 20,000 Newtons
  • MTS Model 458.2 Microconsole with data captured to a computer controlled 16 bit A2D board running National Instruments LabView(tm) software

2. Biaxial Testing Fixture

  • Custom designed table and mount with hydraulic actuator
  • Used in conjunction with MTS Servo-Hydraulic Actuator to provide force along two separate axes
  • Can be used for 2-dimensional loads of human and animal joints

3. Biaxial/Triaxial Torque/Compression Testing Fixture

  • Custom designed table and mount with linear and rotary actuators
  • Used in conjunction with MTS Servo-Hydraulic Actuator to produce translational and rotational forces on two or three axes.
  • Used in experimentation on the behavior of knee joints under loading

4. VICON Motion Capture System

  • Uses multiple cameras placed at different angles to measure motion in real-time.
  • Detects position of reflective markers placed on biological landmarks of joints or bones in absolute dimensions and relative to one another.
  • Information can be used to track motion of particular bone or joint to measrue torque or displacement.
  • Has been used to track motion of the talus during ankle torsion as well as femur and tibia motion durign hyperextension.

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5. Screwdrive Testing Machine

  • Can produce large displacement, position controlled, slow speed motion
  • Forces generated can be used to evaluate the strength of various materials
  • Has been used to test the glue strength of shoe sole construction

6. Turf Tester

  • Uses static loads to simulate the body weight of an athlete
  • Uses a surrogate ankle that can measure torsional rotation of the ankle and at the shoe
  • Has been used in a study of football cleats funded by the NFL

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Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories
Attn: Dr. Roger Haut
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Road, Room A-407
East Lansing, MI 48824
phone:(517) 355-0320
email: haut@msu.edu

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