Exploring Mechanical Design in Biodegradable Polymers

  1. Dr. K. Grassie2,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff3,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner4,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt5 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka6
  1. Prabhu Kandachar,
  2. Joke Reijnhoudt,
  3. Rolf Koster and
  4. Ineke Goedhart

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch50

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Kandachar, P., Reijnhoudt, J., Koster, R. and Goedhart, I. (2000) Exploring Mechanical Design in Biodegradable Polymers, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch50

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 3

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 4

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 5

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 6

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Design, Engineering and Production, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • biodegradable polymers;
  • mechanical design


Comparative investigations have been carried out to examine the mechanical properties of injection molded test specimens in biodegradable polymers and conventional plastics. A simple product has also been injection molded in biodegradable polymers. This product has been experimentally tested for its load carrying capacity. A finite element model has been made to predict its mechanical response.