Metallic Bone Plates need to undergo several tests before gaining approval as internal fixation devices of the skeletal system. One standard, ASTM F382-99, defines the test methods for single cycle bend testing (annex A1) and for determining the bending fatigue properties (annex A2) of metallic bone plates. A summary of the test methods for annex A1 and A2 follows. For a complete description of ASTM F382-99, refer to the specification from the ASTM International organization.
Annex A1- ASTM F382-A1 measures the bending stiffness, bending structural stiffness, and bending strength from a single cycle bend test on a metallic bone plate.