Sol-Gel Derived Gradient Biocoatings on Titanium Alloy
The bioceramic hydroxyapaptie (HA) is frequently used as coat in titanium medical implants improving bone fixation and thus increasing a lifetime of the implant. However, its joining to the titanium alloy is not satisfactorily good. The aim of this work is to produce TiO2 and HA gradient coatings on Ti6Al4V alloy to improve the interface joining. Compared the microstructures of cross section of Ti6Al4V-HA coating and Ti6Al4V-TiO2 /HA gradient coatings. HA coatings were obtained by sol-gel method with sol solutions prepared from calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and triethyl phosphate as the calcium and phosphorous sources. And TiO2 coatings were obtained from Tetra Butyl Titanate and absolute ethyl alcohol as the sources by sol-gel method too. The configuration and structure were investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The results demonstrated that the TiO2/HA gradient coatings have a homogeneous microstructure. The TiO2 coating made the HA coating adhere to the Ti-6Al-4V substrate well.
Linli Xu, Wenya Tian and Elwin Mao
D. H. He et al., "Sol-Gel Derived Gradient Biocoatings on Titanium Alloy", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 80-81, pp. 426-430, 2011