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rthomson67
12-06-1999, 07:08 PM
At 08:37 AM 11/30/99 -0600, Pollo, Fabian wrote:
>Hello,
>
>We need to quantify the sharpness of a particular surgical instrument to
>determine its life span.

We've done a bit of forensics-driven work on knife blades which discusses
knife sharpness - though not in detail. The reference lists might be of
interest though. The papers are:

'The effect of knife blade profile on the penetration force in skin
simulants'. J Ankersen, A Birkbeck, R Thomson and P Vanezis. Technology,
Law and Insurance, 3 (1998), 125-128. ISSN 1359-9372.

'Puncture resistance and tensile strength of skin simulants'. J Ankersen, A
Birkbeck, R Thomson and P Vanezis. Proc Inst of Mech Engrs part H
(Engineering in Medicine), 213 (1999), 493-501.

Regards,

Ron Thomson.


Dr R D Thomson
Ballistics, Impact + Sports Eng Group
Mech Eng Dept, Glasgow Uni
Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland

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