Development of auxetic structures for optimal orthopaedic implant / bone integration


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This PhD project will be based at the University of Melbourne with a 12-month stay at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. View the SJTU-based project.

Stress shielding is the main biomechanical factor leading to aseptic loosening of the femoral stem following total hip arthroplasty (THA). This project aims to design a femoral stem incorporating novel auxetic structures to expand the femoral stem while in tensile loading, thus to increase the load transferred to the femur and avoid stress shielding induced bone resorption and aseptic loosening of the implant.

Project goals

The objective of this project is:

  • To optimise auxetic structures to match with the patient’s bone and provide optimal performance with long-term stability and compatibility.

Supervision team

The University of Melbourne: Professor Peter Vee Sin Lee

Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Professor Cheng-Kung Cheng

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Who we are looking for

We are seeking a PhD candidate with the following skills:

  • Demonstrated research experience in the field of mechanical and/or biomedical engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of the team.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write research reports or other publications to a publishable standard (even if not published to date).

Further details

To apply for this joint PhD opportunity, and to view the entry requirements, visit How to apply.

First published on 11 July 2022.

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