Stiffness properties for nucleus standard straight and contour electrode arrays
AuthorKha, H. N.; Chen, B. K.; Clark, Graeme M.; Jones, R.
Source TitleMedical Engineering and Physics
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeJournal Item
CitationsKha, H. N., Chen, B. K., Clark, G. M., & Jones, R. (2004). Stiffness properties for nucleus standard straight and contour electrode arrays. Medical Engineering and Physics, 26(8), 677-685.
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Trauma and damage during insertion of electrode arrays into the human cochlea are strongly related to the stiffness of the array. The stiffness properties of electrode arrays, which were determined by three-point flexural bending and buckling tests, are reported in this paper. To date there has been limited publication on mechanical properties of these electrode arrays. Previous studies mainly focused on characterizing the stiffness of the tip of the Nucleus straight array with little emphasis on characterizing the stiffness of its whole length. In this study, stiffnesses of the Nucleus straight and contour electrode arrays have been determined along their length. Young’s modulus of elasticity of the Nucleus straight array has been found to increase from the tip (182 MPa) to the rear end (491 MPa), whereas the stiffness of the contour array is greatest near the tip (480 MPa) and is fairly uniform in the middle and rear sections of the electrode array (380-400 MPa). Buckling experiments have shown that the contour array has much higher critical buckling load (about four times) than the Nucleus straight array. The results from three-point flexural bending and buckling experiments provide significant data for the development of electrode arrays, from which new array designs with improved flexibility can be developed. The results of stiffness properties are also important input for use in finite element models to predict the trajectories during insertion and to help evaluate the effects of different electrode array designs on damage sustained during insertion.
Keywordsstiffness properties; cochlear implant; electrode array; nucleus straight array; contour array; scala tympani; three-point flexural bending test; buckling test; Young's modulus of elasticity
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