Tribological characteristics of ceramic conversion treated NiTi shape memory alloy
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NiTi shape memory alloys are very attractive for medical implants and devices ( such as orthopaedic and orthodontic implants) and various actuators. However, wear is a major concern for such applications and a novel surface engineering process, ceramic conversion treatment, has recently been developed to address this problem. In this study, the tribological characteristics of ceramic conversion treated NiTi alloy have been systematically investigated under dry unidirectional wear, reciprocating-corrosion wear and fretting-corrosion wear condition. Based on the experimental results, the wear behaviour under different conditions is compared and wear mechanisms involved are discussed.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics|
|Early online date||30 Aug 2007|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Sep 2007|