volume 10, issue 3, P471-481 1976
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.820100314
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Abstract: Dynamic shear modulus G' was measured throughout the volume of three nonvariant silicone rubber poppets which were recovered from aortic prosthetic heart valves that had been implanted for 4 days, 52 days, and 8 years. Similar measurements were obtained for two unused silicone rubber poppets. Although the recovered poppets exhibited no obvious physical evidence of damage, the silicone rubber had undergone in vivo degradation throughout the poppet volume as indicated by decreases in modulus. The measurements al…

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