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July 23, 2009 - Scheduled for November 10, 2009, Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials workshop will focus on identifying related fretting activities or concerns involving either medical devices or materials. Co-chairs invite participants that have looked at fretting of interfaces of materials used in orthopedic and cardiovascular devices, shown evidence that fretting can occur in these medical devices in-vivo, or developed methods to evaluate fretting of these devices/materials.

ASTM International Workshop on Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials


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Press release date: July 22, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 22, 2009-A workshop on Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials will be held Nov. 10, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by ASTM Committees E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and F04 on Medical and Surgical Implants and Materials, the workshop will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 9-13 standards development meetings of the committees.

The E08.05.05 Task Group on Fretting Fatigue is presently developing a Standard Guide for Fretting Fatigue Testing. This workshop is aimed at identifying related fretting activities or concerns in Committee F04 involving either medical devices or materials. For example, the contraction and expansion of the heart may induce cyclic small sliding motions at the interface of overlapped stents resulting in wear or other damage that may result in stent fracture.

Presently, the co-chairs would like to invite participants that have looked at fretting of interfaces of materials used in orthopedic and cardiovascular devices, have shown evidence that fretting can occur in these medical devices in-vivo, or have developed methods to evaluate fretting of these devices or materials. Potential presenters/participants with experiences and concerns in fretting of medical devices and materials used in medical devices are asked to contact workshop co-chair Rick Neu at rick.neu@gatech.edu.

Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the workshop and closes Nov. 4. The fee to attend the workshop for ASTM members and non-members is $50 for online registration and $75 for on-site registration. There is no fee for presenters and full-time students with a valid I.D. For additional information, visit www.astm.org/e08_2work1109.htm.

Additional information is available from workshop co-chairs Rich Neu, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. (phone: 404-894-3074; rick.neu@gatech.edu); Terry Woods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md. (phone: 301-796-2503; terry.woods@fda.hhs.gov); or Brian Berg, Boston Scientific Corp., Maple Grove, Minn. (phone: 763-494-2677; bergb@bsci.com).

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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