About the Core

The Materials and Structural Testing Core on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides a full range of mechanical testing, engineering design and fabrication services for research, clinical and commercial applications. Directed by Timothy Hewett, Ph.D., the core serves investigators at Mayo Clinic and other institutions in evaluation of clinical interventions on skeletal joints and tissue structures, simulation of medical device performance in treating the effects of degenerative disease and injury, and characterization of mechanical properties of biomedical materials.

The educational background of the Materials and Structural Testing Core team includes mechanical engineering, physics, biomedical engineering, movement science and computer programming. Areas of expertise are design and fabrication, material and kinematics testing, and data and image analysis.

Laboratory facilities consist of a materials test laboratory, a fabrication laboratory and a specimen preparation area.

Projects span a broad range of specialties, including:

  • Orthopedics and sports medicine
  • Dental specialties
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physiology and biomedical engineering
  • Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Engineering

For more information on the field of materials and structural testing, see Golish SR, Mihalko WM. Principles of biomechanics and biomaterials in orthopaedic surgery. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2011;93:207.