A finite element simulation method to evaluate the crimpability of curved stents

A finite element simulation method to evaluate the crimpability of curved stents
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A finite element simulation method to evaluate the crimpability of curved stents
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Medical Engineering & Physics
Publication Date:
18 October 2019
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Stenting of curved arteries is more challenging than straight vessels. There has been an increasing need for new techniques to treat lesions in highly curved locations. One generic idea is to use curved stents to treat lesions in such curved locations. Computational modeling of straight stent crimping which is being used to evaluate the structural performance of the stents has been done vastly in the past. However, there has not been much simulation work on crimping of curved stents due to the challenges associated with applying the boundary conditions. Here we propose a new method to crimp a curved stent to a smaller diameter by incorporating a simple algorithm to generate the required boundary conditions supplementing the finite element (FE) code. To achieve this, a curved crimper is modeled and used to apply crimping loading on the curved stent evaluate its crimpability. Our method provides a simple yet very useful tool which can be implemented in finite element packages to simulate crimping of curved stents using curved crimpers. This method can also be used to expand balloon expandable stents by inflating curved balloons.
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This research is supported by the Singapore-China Joint Research Programme (grant no:1610500025).
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