Special Issue "Tribological Performance of Artificial Joints"


A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Amir Kamali
Medical Affairs Scientific Director, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Ltd. Aurora House, Harrison Way Leamington Spa, CV31 3HL, UK
Website: http://www.smith-nephew.com
E-Mail: amir.kamali@smith-nephew.com
Phone: +44 1926 482 361
Interests: biomaterials; biomechanics and biotribology

Guest Editor
Dr. J. Philippe Kretzer
Director of the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Implant Research, Heidelberg University, Schlierbacher Landstrabe 200a, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
Website: http://www.arthroplasty-research.com
E-Mail: philippe.kretzer@med.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 6221 562 9209
Fax: +49 6221 562 9206
Interests: tribology of joint replacement; biomechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Joint replacement is a very successful medical treatment. However, the survivorship of these implants is limited and the loss of materials in the form of particles or ions, due to the relative motion between the orthopaedic implants’ articulating surfaces and the consequent tissue and immune response to these wear products, remain one of the key factors of their failure.

Tribology has been defined as the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and all related wear products (e.g., particles, ions, etc.).

Over the last few decades, in an attempt to understand and improve joint replacement technology, the tribological performance of several material combinations have been studied experimentally and assessed clinically. In addition, research has focused on the biological effects and long term consequences of wear products.

Improvements have been made in manufacturing processes, precision engineering capabilities, device designs and materials properties in order to minimize wear and friction and maximize component longevity in vivo.

This special issue will investigate the in vivo and in vitro performance of the orthopaedic implants and their advanced bearings. Contributions are solicited from the researchers working in the field of biotribology and bioengineering.

Dr. Amir Kamali
Dr. J. Philippe Kretzer
Guest Editor


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  • friction
  • wear
  • joint replacement
  • arthroplasty
  • orthopaedic implant
  • immune response

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Lubricants 2015, 3(2), 80-90; doi:10.3390/lubricants3020080
Received: 16 January 2015 / Revised: 4 March 2015 / Accepted: 5 March 2015 / Published: 25 March 2015
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Lubricants 2015, 3(1), 14-26; doi:10.3390/lubricants3010014
Received: 14 January 2015 / Accepted: 29 January 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
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Lubricants 2014, 2(4), 193-205; doi:10.3390/lubricants2040193
Received: 21 August 2014 / Revised: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 27 October 2014 / Published: 18 November 2014
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