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Degradation of Zr-based bulk metallic glasses used in load-bearing implants: A tribocorrosion appraisal
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering. NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. (ENHETEN STRUKTURER)
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering. (ENHETEN STRUKTURER)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8493-9802
2016 (English)In: Journal of The Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, ISSN 1751-6161, E-ISSN 1878-0180, Vol. 60, 56-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Owing to the amorphous structure, Bulk Metallic Glasses (BMGs) have been demonstrating attractive properties for potential biomedical applications. In the present work, the degradation mechanisms of Zr-based BMGs with nominal compositions Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 and Zr65Cu18Ni7Al10 as potential load-bearing implant material were investigated in a tribocorrosion environment. The composition-dependent micro-mechanical and tribological properties of the two BMGs were evaluated prior to the tribocorrosion tests. The sample Zr65-BMG with a higher Zr content exhibited increased plasticity but relatively reduced wear resistance during the ball-on-disc tests. Both BMGs experienced abrasive wear after the dry wear test under the load of 2N. The cross-sectional subsurface structure of the wear track was examined by Focused Ion Beam (FIB). The electrochemical properties of the BMGs in simulated body fluid were evaluated by means of potentiodynamic polarization and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The spontaneous passivation of Zr-based BMGs in Phosphate Buffer Saline solution was mainly attributed to the highly concentrated zirconium cation (Zr4+) in the passive film. The tribocorrosion performance of the BMGs was investigated using a reciprocating tribometer equipped with an electrochemical cell. The more passive nature of the Zr65-BMG had consequently a negative influence on its tribocorrosion resistance, which induced the wear-accelerated corrosion and eventually speeded-up the degradation process. It has been revealed the galvanic coupling was established between the depassivated wear track and the surrounding passive area, which is the main degradation mechanism for the passive Zr65-BMG subjected to the tribocorrosion environment.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 60, 56-67 p.
Keyword [en]
Bulk metallic glasses, Degradation, Tribocorrosion, Wear, Aluminum, Glass, Ion beams, Medical applications, Nickel, Wear of materials, Wear resistance, X ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Biomedical applications, Bulk metallic glass, Phosphate buffer salines, Reciprocating tribometer, Spontaneous passivation, Subsurface structures, Tribo-corrosion, Zr based bulk metallic glass, Metallic glass, biomaterial, metal, phosphate buffered saline, unclassified drug, zirconium, Article, body fluid, corrosion, electrochemistry, film, implant, mechanical stress, plasticity, potentiodynamic polarization, priority journal, procedures, surface property, Young modulus
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Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186919DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2015.12.024ISI: 000378969100006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84954529193OAI: diva2:931194

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Available from: 2016-05-26 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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