Experimental characterisation on the behaviour of PLLA for stretch blowing moulding of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds


Processing tubes from poly (l-lactic acid) (PLLA) by stretch blow moulding (SBM) is used in the manufacture of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) to improve their mechanical performance. To better understand this processing technique, a novel experimental setup by free stretch blow inside a water bath was developed to visualise the tube forming process and analyse the deformation behaviour. PLLA tubes were heated, stretched and blown with no mould present inside a temperature-controlled water bath whilst recording the processing parameters (axial force, inflation pressure). The onset of pressure activation relative to the axial stretch was controlled deliberately to produce a simultaneous (SIM) or sequential (SEQ) mode of deformation. Real-time images of the tube during forming were captured using high speed cameras and the surface strain of the patterned tube was extracted using digital image correlation (DIC). The deformation characteristics of PLLA tubes in SBM was quantified by analysis of shape evolution, strain history and stress-strain relationship.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12289-020-01539-y
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: DIC,Experimental characterisation,Free stretch blow,PLLA,Water bath,Materials Science(all)
Publication ISSN: 1960-6214
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 15:09
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-05-01
Published Online Date: 2020-01-17
Accepted Date: 2020-01-09
Authors: Wei, Huidong
Menary, Gary
Buchanan, Fraser
Yan, Shiyong
Nixon, James



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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