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Vasilescu C.,Institute of Physical Chemistry Ilie Murgulescu | Drob S.I.,Institute of Physical Chemistry Ilie Murgulescu | Osiceanu P.,Institute of Physical Chemistry Ilie Murgulescu | Drob P.,Institute of Physical Chemistry Ilie Murgulescu | And 4 more authors.
Metals and Materials International | Year: 2015

This paper describes the synthesis of a novel Ti-15Ta-5Zr alloy with an α + ß stable, homogeneous, biphasic microstructure (by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy) and the determination of its mechanical properties, hardness and a Young’s modulus of 42.2 GPa. The alloy passive film composition and thickness were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; a thick, compact native passive film containing the protective oxides of all constituent elements (TiO2, Ta2O5, ZrO2) was identified. The electrochemical parameters confirmed a nobler behaviour and a more capacitive, resistant passive film on the alloy surface compared to Ti and other existing implant alloys; these facts are due to the alloying elements that, by their oxides stabilize and reinforce the alloy passive film. This passive film thickened in time, which increased its protective capacity. The new alloy had no susceptibility to galvanic or local corrosion. Ti-15Ta-5Zr alloy is recommended as an advanced orthopaedic implant material. © 2015, The Korean Institute of Metals and Materials and Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

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