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Our Facilities & Equipment

The Orthopaedic Innovation Centre is located on the third floor of the Concordia Hip & Knee Institute, which is situated within the Concordia Hospital Campus. Our centre is truly multidisciplinary, consisting of an orthopaedic clinic, X-Ray suite, two boardrooms, a surgical suite, Tribology laboratory, Analytical laboratory, and our large collection of retrieved implants and state-of-the-art technologies.

Our testing equipment

New and existing medical devices undergo a series of mechanical tests to make sure they are safe, while meeting regulatory requirements.

We help make sure these devices are doing what they are designed to do. We can implement an established ASTM or ISO standard, but know that not every device falls under a one-size-fits-all approach. We thrive on developing custom testing protocols that meet your specific needs without compromising engineering principles

Knee Simulator Wear Testing

Wear simulation is one of the many services available to you for investigating bearing surfaces and prosthetic designs. In vitro wear simulators approximate in vivo conditions, allowing performance evaluation of new designs and bearing materials prior to large-scale manufacture and implantation.

Our Knee Simulator equipment is also capable of testing total ankle replacements and anatomical total shoulder replacements.

Parameter

Specification


Axial Load


4500N (1000lb)

Degrees of Freedom

Flexion

 ±100° @ 20Nm (180in-lb)


IE Rotation

±20° @ 8Nm (70in-lb)


AP Translation

±25mm


ML Translation

±6mm


Valgus Rotation

±7°

Multi-axial Load Cell

Axial Load

4500N


AP Force

4000N


ML Force

4000N


Flexion Moment

25Nm


Abduction Moment

25Nm


Axial Moment

25Nm

Hip Simulator Wear Testing

Wear simulation is one of the many services available to you for investigating bearing surfaces and prosthetic designs. In vitro wear simulators approximate in vivo conditions, allowing performance evaluation of new designs and bearing materials prior to large-scale manufacture and implantation.

Our Hip Simulator equipment is also capable of testing reverse total shoulder replacements, spinal disc replacements, and spinal tether devices.

Parameter

Specification


Axial Load


4500N (1000lb)

Degrees of Freedom

Flexion

 ±55° @ 20Nm (180in-lb)


IE Rotation

 ±20° @ 8Nm (70in-lb)


Abduction

 ±20° @ 20Nm (180in-lb)

Multi-axial Load Cell

Axial Load

4500N


AP Force

500N


ML Force

500N


Flexion Moment

25Nm


Abduction Moment

25Nm


Axial Moment

25Nm

Load Frame Testing

Through the application of a static or cyclic load to a test specimen, we are able to gain an understanding of how the material or device will perform during real-world use.

Our in-house testing systems perform a wide range of material and device testing including both static and fatigue testing under tensile, compressive, torsional, or bending stresses

Test Frame

Specification


Instron Electropuls E10000

Linear Dynamic Capacity

±10kN (2250lb)


Linear Static Capacity

±7.1kN (1600lb)


Torsion Capacity

±100Nm (880in-lb)


Linear Stroke

60mm (2.36in)

Rotation

±135°

Instron 3382A

Linear Static Capacity

±100kN (22,500lb)

Linear Stroke

57.5 cm (22.6 in)

Thelkin SDL-L

Linear Dynamic Capacity

±5kN (1125lb)


Linear Static Capacity

±2.5kN (565lb)


Linear Stroke

50mm (1.97in)

ADMET eXpert 9300

Bending Stress Capacity

50Nm (500 inlb)

Rotational Speed

60-6,000 rpm

Shank Size

9.5 mm (3/8 in)

Pin-on-Disc Testing

Pin-on-disc (POD) testing is a cost-effective preliminary screening method that yields valuable information regarding material wear characteristics and durability. POD testing can be used for screening candidate material couples to optimizing product design and performance prior to real-world application.

We use six-station OrthoPOD systems developed and manufactured by Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc. (AMTI). Pin rotation, disc rotation, and dynamic pin loading are all independently controlled. In addition, track patterns and loads can be customized and are fully programmable.

Parameter

Specification


Max. Load/Station


450N (100lb)

Fluid Containment


Immersion chamber or individual wells

Pin Motion:

Speed

0°-180°/sec

Torque

2.26Nm (20in-lb)

Modes

Cyclical/Continuous

Plate Motion:

Speed

0°-180°/sec

Torque

13.5Nm (120in-lb)

Modes

Cyclical/Continuous

Contact us today to book your test!

When you get in touch, you speak to the experts that run your tests. We understand your needs and will help you get the results that you need to move forward in your device commercialization process!

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