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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Medical Devices and Implants

Veryst offers unique expertise in advanced finite element analysis (FEA) of medical devices and implants. We use a combination of commercial finite element codes (SIMULIA Abaqus, COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS) supplemented by proprietary material models for thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, and foams (PolyUMod). Our proprietary models provide both greater accuracy and insight than is possible with commercial codes alone. Clients have used our analyses from early stage concept development through regulatory submissions (FDA 510k and PMA and CE Mark).

Veryst’s world-leading capabilities in design, testing, manufacturing and failure analysis also make us uniquely suited to investigate the failure of medical devices during development or post-production failure and root cause analysis. 



Vascular Implants

Veryst’s material modeling and FEA capabilities are used in the design and development of vascular implant systems, such as cardiovascular stents, valves and grafts. Our advanced capabilities provide valuable information allowing for the optimization of designs early in the design process. With our unique material modeling capabilities in our PolyUMod software library, Veryst is well-equipped to consider important advanced material behaviors, such as:
  Nonlinear viscoplasticity
  Shape-memory material behavior
  Material anisotropy due to manufacturing processes
  Effects of fatigue due to pulsatile loading
  Time-dependent material degradation of absorbable materials  


Cardiovascular Stent Simulation

Orthopedic Implants
Veryst’s FEA capabilities are used in the design of orthopedic implants, such as hip and knee joint replacements.  Advanced material models for ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) developed by engineers at Veryst, are used to analyze important load-bearing components and accurately evaluate the performance of new designs.


Total Knee Replacement Simulation 


Spinal Implants
Our FE analyses are applicable in the design and failure investigation of spinal implant systems, including spinal fixation systems and advanced artificial disc or disc repair systems.



Spinal Cross-Section 

Advanced Biomaterials
Veryst’s advanced FE capabilities make us uniquely suited to assist in the development of advanced biomaterials, including:
Synthetic and natural scaffold materials for tissue generation and wound healing applications
  Advanced medical adhesives and cements
  Materials for absorbable medical fasteners (sutures, screws, plates etc.)

Veryst’s proprietary PolyUMod software library enables simulations beyond the reach of those using commercial finite element codes.


Stress-strain behavior of Polylactic Acid (PLA) 


Class II Devices
Veryst has supported medical devices companies in the design, failure analysis, and regulatory submission of numerous Class II devices, including:

Catheters kink when passed around corners or tight radii within the body.  Veryst’s FE analysis expertise has been used to complement a test program to investigate the factors contributing to catheter kinking.




FEA of Catheter Kinking 

Patient Lifts and Supports
Veryst uses its analysis capabilities to investigate the design and reliability of patient lift and support systems. Veryst uses finite element analysis to assist in the design of critical components, frequently of systems comprising a wide variety of engineering materials, including steel, aluminum, polymers and composites.


Analysis of a Patient Support System 

Medical Devices Incorporating Fluid Flow
Veryst uses its multi-physics analysis capabilities to analyze combined thermal-fluid devices such as the gas humidification devices used with insufflation equipment.


Multiphysics Modeling of a
Gas Humidification System

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