Chemo-mechanical effects on the tribocorrosion behavior of titanium/ceramic dental implant pairs in artificial saliva

In this paper, the degradation mechanisms of the ceramic and the metal in Titanium/Zirconia pairs for biomedical applications were analyzed. To do that, an experimental set-up with well-controlled mechanical and chemical conditions was used based on a unidirectional ball-on-disk tribometer coupled to a potentiostat. Tribocorrosion tests were carried out in artificial saliva at different applied potentials, this is, different chemical conditions of the surface. Wear damage of the titanium/zirconia pair was influenced by the properties and the behavior of wear debris in the contact. Under passive conditions metallic and oxidized titanium particles (formed by the cyclic removal of the passive film and subsequent repassivation) were smeared and mechanically mixed within the contact forming compacted wear debris through which the loading was carried out. Properties and amount of oxidized titanium lead to low wear at low passive conditions (OCP) and higher wear at high passive conditions. Zirconia did not suffer any damage under all the studied conditions and oxidized titanium was transferred to the ball at anodic applied potentials.

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Wear, 426, 162-170
Presented at:
22nd International Conference on Wear of Materials (WOM), Miami, FL, Apr 14-18, 2019
Apr 30 2019

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