Evaluating the in situ loading and accelerated durability of barbs located on bifurcated aorto-iliac stent-grafts


A special three-part protocol has been generated for the isolated durability testing of stent barbs. This triple protocol includes an initial evaluation on a cardiovascular duplicator to determine the loading per barb that occurs during normal flow through the stent-graft. The next stage of this protocol determined the frequency response characteristics of the bending point where the barb attaches to the stent to allow for the determination of the appropriate frequency to carry out the accelerated testing. The final part of the test includes high speed bend testing at frequencies determined in the second part of the methods to determine the long term durability of the isolated barb stent unit. The results of this testing indicated that under normal cardiovascular conditions each barb is experiencing a loading of 20 grams peak during maximum forward flow. Loading the isolated barb/stent segment at 600 beats per minute (bpm) for 400 million cycles indicated no tendency for these barbs to experience a change in physical properties. During this testing there were no barbs that broke.


Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

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Conference Proceeding


Accelerated, Aorto-iliac, Durability, Fatigue, Stent, Stent-graft

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Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation