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TADDEI, Elisa Bueno; HENRIQUES, Vinicius Andre Rodrigues; SILVA, Roberto Moreira da  and  CAIRO, Carlos Alberto Alves. Age-hardening of Ti-35Nb-7Zr-5Ta alloy for orthopaedic implants. Mat. Res. [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.3, pp.289-292. ISSN 1516-1439.

Bone injuries and failures often require the inception of implant biomaterial. Research in this field has received increasing attention recently. In particular, porous metals are attractive due to its unique physical, mechanical, and new bone tissue ingrowth properties. The aim of this work is to investigate age hardening behavior of Ti-35Nb-7Zr-5Ta alloy produced by powder metallurgy. Samples of Ti-35Nb-7Zr-5Ta were produced from a mixture of hydrided powders followed by uniaxial and cold isostatic pressing with subsequent densification by sintering at 1500 °C, in vacuum. After that, the samples were heat treated in three steps; solution treatment (1100/°C), air cooling and aging (600 °C for 4 and 6 hours). Sintered samples were characterized for microstructure and microhardness by scanning electron microscopy and Vickers indentation, respectively. In the homogenized condition alloy exhibited a microstructure consisting primarily of a b Ti matrix with grain boundary a precipitates and a low volume fraction of primary a precipitates. In the ageing condition the alloy exhibited the precipitation of refined scale secondary a precipitates distributed homogeneously in the b matrix.

Keywords : Age-hardening; Ti-35-Nb-7Zr-5Ta; biomaterial; powder metallurgy.

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