Joining and Assembly of Medical Materials and Devices

1st Edition

Editors: Y N Zhou M D Breyen
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845695774
eBook ISBN: 9780857096425
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st May 2013
Page Count: 574
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials

Part I: Fundamentals of joining and assembly in medical materials and devices

Chapter 1: Introduction to medical materials and devices


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The anatomy of interaction

1.3 Materials for drug delivery

1.4 The metrology of biocompatibility

1.5 Conclusion

1.6 Future trends

Chapter 2: Introduction to joining methods in medical applications


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Welding processes

2.3 Adhesive bonding

2.4 Examples of applications

Chapter 3: Microwelding methods in medical components and devices


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Materials challenges

3.3 Medical components and devices

3.4 Joint design and process selection

3.5 Testing and verification

3.6 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 4: The effects of sterilization on medical materials and welded devices


4.1 Introduction to sterilization

4.2 Sterilization methods

4.3 The effects of sterilizing on different materials

4.4 The effects of sterilizing on welded joints

4.5 Selecting a suitable sterilization method

4.6 Conclusions

Part II: Joining and assembly of medical metals

Chapter 5: Micro-welding of shape-memory alloys


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Fundamentals of Nitinol shape-memory alloys

5.3 Micro-welding of NiTi

5.4 Future trends

5.5 Conclusion

Chapter 6: Joining of platinum (Pt) alloy wires to stainless steel wires for electronic medical devices


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Material properties

6.3 Material challenges in joining

6.4 The crossed-wire joint

6.5 Joining processes

6.6 Future trends

6.7 Conclusions


As medical devices become more intricate, with an increasing number of components made from a wide range of materials, it is important that they meet stringent requirements to ensure that they are safe to be implanted and will not be rejected by the human body. Joining and assembly of medical materials and devices provides a comprehensive overview of joining techniques for a range of medical materials and applications.

Part one provides an introduction to medical devices and joining methods with further specific chapters on microwelding methods in medical components and the effects of sterilization on medical materials and welded devices. Part two focuses on medical metals and includes chapters on the joining of shape memory alloys, platinum (Pt) alloys and stainless steel wires for implantable medical devices and evaluating the corrosion performance of metal medical device welds. Part three moves on to highlight the joining and assembly of medical plastics and discusses techniques including ultrasonic welding, transmission laser welding and radio frequency (RF)/dielectric welding. Finally, part four discusses the joining and assembly of biomaterial and tissue implants including metal-ceramic joining techniques for orthopaedic applications and tissue adhesives and sealants for surgical applications.

Joining and assembly of medical materials and devices is a technical guide for engineers and researchers within the medical industry, professionals requiring an understanding of joining and assembly techniques in a medical setting, and academics interested in this field.

Key Features

  • Introduces joining methods in medical applications including microwelding and considers the effects of sterilization on the resulting joints and devices
  • Considers the joining, assembly and corrosion performance of medical metals including shape memory alloys, platinum alloys and stainless steel wires
  • Considers the joining and assembly of medical plastics including multiple welding methods, bonding strategies and adhesives


Engineers in the medical device manufacturing field


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"Joining and assembly of medical materials and devices" is the first major text that assimilates a wide range of biomaterial concepts with respect to medical device assembly […] The editors should be commended on their ability to simplify complex biomaterial concepts through the use of schematic diagrams and tables., BioMedical Engineering Online
This manuscript provides hundreds of references and a comprehensive review of practical biomaterial concepts and assembly techniques., BioMedical Engineering Online

About the Editors

Y N Zhou Editor

Y. (Norman) Zhou is the Canadian Research Council (CRC) Chair in Microjoining and Professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research on microwelding and joining is advancing the frontiers of knowledge in this field and making significant contributions to the increased miniaturization of micro-devices and micro-systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Waterloo, Canada

M D Breyen Editor

Mark Breyen is the Director, Core Technologies at Medtronic Inc., USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Medtronic Inc, USA