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Tensile strength and impact resistance properties of materials used in prosthetic check sockets, copolymer sockets, and definitive laminated sockets

Maria J. Gerschutz, PhD, et al.


Figure 1. Tensile specimen coupon dimensions and tolerances in millimeters.

The number of servicemembers and civilians with amputations is increasing because of international conflicts and national health care concerns. Prosthetic sockets are the basic connection between people with amputations and their prostheses. However, the understanding of the materials used to make prosthetic sockets is limited, especially once fabrication alters these materials. This study examines the strength of the materials used for diagnostic and definitive sockets. The material properties measured will help inform the selection of materials and fabrication practices. Our study intends to improve material understanding and socket quality and provide a basis for the evaluation of future technologies.

Volume 48 Number 8, 2011
   Pages 987 — 1004


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gerschutz MJ, Haynes ML, Nixon DM, Colvin JM. Tensile strength and impact resistance properties of materials used in prosthetic check sockets, copolymer sockets, and definitive laminated sockets. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011; 48(8):987-1004.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.10.0204
Crossref
1Gerschutz, Maria (The Ohio Willow Wood Company, Mt. Sterling, OH). Conversation with: Sales representative (Otto Bock Healthcare; Minneapolis, Minnesota). 2010 Jul 1.

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