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Flexibility of Biodegradable Polymer Stents with Different Strut Geometries

by 1, 2,*, 1 and 1,*
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Department of Applied Mechanics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Materials 2020, 13(15), 3332; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13153332
Received: 27 June 2020 / Revised: 20 July 2020 / Accepted: 22 July 2020 / Published: 27 July 2020
Objective: Biodegradable stents (BDSs) represent a new technological development in the field of cardiovascular angioplasty; good flexibility helps stents pass through tortuous vessels during delivery and reduces the amount of damage caused to blood vessels. This study investigates the relationship between flexibility and the geometry of BDS struts. Methods: Four stent struts with different geometry (circular, triangular, hexagonal, and spline curved) and the same links were modeled to evaluate their flexibility via a three-point bending experimental method and a numerical method. Results: The bending state of the four stents was well-balanced. The bending effect of the four stents was different. Under the same conditions, the circular and spline curved stents showed the best bending effects while the hexagonal stent was the worst. However, these differences were not significant. Conclusion: The flexibility of BDSs is related to the geometry of the struts and links; however, the geometry of the struts has less effect on flexibility than the links. The greater the area enclosed by the strut centerline, the better flexibility of the stent. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradable stent; flexibility; experiment; numerical analysis biodegradable stent; flexibility; experiment; numerical analysis
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Chen, C.; Xiong, Y.; Li, Z.; Chen, Y. Flexibility of Biodegradable Polymer Stents with Different Strut Geometries. Materials 2020, 13, 3332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13153332

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Chen C, Xiong Y, Li Z, Chen Y. Flexibility of Biodegradable Polymer Stents with Different Strut Geometries. Materials. 2020; 13(15):3332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13153332

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Chen, Chong, Yan Xiong, Zhongyou Li, and Yu Chen. 2020. "Flexibility of Biodegradable Polymer Stents with Different Strut Geometries" Materials 13, no. 15: 3332. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13153332

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