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Fabrication of ceramic implants inspired by spicule structures for bone tissue engineering applications

Company: PSU Harrisburg

Primary: BME
Secondary: MATSE
Optional: ESC, ME

Non-Disclosure Agreement: NO

Intellectual Property: NO

In this project, students will study the mechanical properties, fracture mechanism and micro-structure of spicule inspired structures (SISs) made of ceramic materials for potential application as bone implants for tissue engineering applications using stereolithogtaphy 3D printing technique. Spicules are concentric cylindrical structures that can be found in marine sponges. They show interesting mechanical behavior due to their nested cylindrical structures. Students will investigate optimum number of layers and thickness of layers to achieve the maximum strength and toughness in SISs.



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