ATZ – A New Material with a High Potential in Joint Replacement
The present study has been aimed to combine the advantages of the two single-phase materials, Al2O3 and ZrO2 while avoiding their disadvantages, by producing a mixed ceramic. Within a study of an ATZ ceramic we tested the influence of aging by a hydrothermal treatment on the strength, phase composition and surface properties. We found that the hydrothermal treatment of the ATZ ceramic did not significantly influence these parameters, unlike those of a single-phase ZrO2 ceramic.
Panjian Li, Kai Zhang and Clifford W. Colwell, Jr.
S. Begand et al., "ATZ – A New Material with a High Potential in Joint Replacement", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 284-286, pp. 983-986, 2005