Fabrication and tribological behaviors of corner-cube-like dimple arrays produced by laser surface texturing on medical needles

Xingsheng Wang*, Marco Giovannini, Youqiang Xing, Min Kang, Kornel Ehmann

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Abstract

Micro-corner-cube-like dimples with various geometrical characteristics were fabricated on the surface of medical needles by laser surface texturing. The effects of geometric parameters of dimples on tribological behaviors were investigated by carrying out insertion tests. It was found that the textured surface with a dimple array increased the friction between the needle and phantom tissue because of stress concentrations near the edges. Furthermore, the drag increment rate increased with the increase of dimple size and circumferential number, while dimple depth had no significant effect on the friction. The minimal drag increment rate was achieved at a medium value of spacing. The geometric parameters of dimples could be varied to control area density that indirectly affect the friction behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-558
Number of pages6
JournalTribology International
Volume92
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2015

Keywords

  • Corner-cube-like dimples
  • Echogenic needles
  • Friction in needle insertion
  • Laser surface texturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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