Friction properties of a new silk fibroin scaffold for meniscal replacement


The menisci protect the articular cartilage by reducing contact pressure in the knee. To restore their function after injury, a new silk fibroin replacement scaffold was developed. To elucidate its tribological properties, friction of the implant was tested against cartilage and glass, where the latter is typically used in tribological cartilage studies. The silk scaffold exhibited a friction coefficient against cartilage of 0.056, which is higher than meniscus against cartilage but in range of the requirements for meniscal replacements. Further, meniscus friction against glass was lower than cartilage against glass, which correlated with the surface lubricin content. Concluding, the tribological properties of the new material suggest a possible long-term chondroprotective function. In contrast, glass always produced high, non-physiological friction coefficients.

DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2017.01.038

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@inproceedings{Warnecke2017FrictionPO, title={Friction properties of a new silk fibroin scaffold for meniscal replacement}, author={Daniela Warnecke and N. B. Schild and Susanne Klose and Helga Joos and R. E. Brenner and Ol Kessler and Nick Skaer and RUDOLPH WALKER and Maren Freutel and Ashley Ignatius and Lutz D{\"{u}rselen}, booktitle={Tribology international}, year={2017} }