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Metallic Biomaterials. Metals Are Crystalline. Body-Centered Cubic.

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metals are crystalline
Metals Are Crystalline

Body-Centered Cubic

The body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure: (a) hard-ball model; (b) unit cell; and (c) single crystal with many unit cells. Source: W. G. Moffatt, et al., The Structure and Properties of Materials, Vol. 1, John Wiley & Sons, 1976.

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metal bonding
Metal Bonding
  • The electrons in metals are mobile and surround a core of cations. This gives rise to their high electrical conductivity.

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crystals and grain formation


Grain Boundary

Grain or Crystalline Structure

Crystals and Grain Formation

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product manufacture
Product Manufacture
  • There are 4 main methods of metal product manufacture:
  • machining
  • melt casting
  • forging
  • hot isostatic pressing

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influence of manufacturing process
Influence of Manufacturing Process

Casting Defect

Polished-etched view of a cast ASTM F75 femoral hip stem. Note dendrites and large grains

In vivo fracture initiated from an inclusion formed during the casting process

From : H. Alexander et al., Chapter 2, Biomaterials Science, BD Ratner et al., Academic Press, 1996.

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Metallic Biomaterials
  • There are 3 main groups of metals used as biomaterials:
    • stainless steels
    • Co-based alloys
    • titanium-based alloys

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design considerations
Design Considerations
  • typically want to match mechanical properties of tissue with mechanical properties of metal
  • have to consider how the metal may fail in vivo
    • corrosion
    • wear
    • fatigue
  • need to consider cost

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  • The extra-cellular environment is a chemically aggressive space. Metallic biomaterials are good conductors in an electrolyte solution, leading to galvanic corrosion.

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mechanisms of corrosion
Mechanisms of Corrosion
  • Crevice Corrosion
  • Pitting Corrosion
  • Intergranular Corrosion

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Mechanisms of Corrosion
  • Fretting Corrosion Stress Corrosion Cracking

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Mechanisms of Corrosion

Contribution of biological environment

From : S.H. Teoh, International Journal of Fatigue 22 (2000) 825–837

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  • The effects of wear are most predominant in joint prostheses.
  • There are two types of wear :
  • Interfacial Wear
  • Fatigue Wear

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  • Recall that fatigue is progressive failure of a material due to the application of cyclical stresses below the ultimate stress of the material causing crack propagation.
  • Crack usually starts at a stress concentrator or stress riser.
  • Methods for reducing fatigue failure :

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