Tribological Properties of UHMWPE Composites Filled with Nano-Powder of SiO2 Sliding against Ti-6Al-4V
Wear is the primary cause of the failure of joint replacement prostheses. In this paper, the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) as an artificial joint acetabular material was filled with nano-powder of SiO2 of various mass fractions. The effect of SiO2 mass fraction on the tensile strength, tensile modulus, wetting property and tribological properties of the SiO2-UHMWPE composites were investigated when sliding against Ti-6Al-4V under lubrication of physiological saline water. The morphologies of the worn surfaces of composites were observed with optical microscope. As a result, the tensile strength, tensile modulus, wettability and wear resistance of the composites were all improved by filling with SiO2, and the composites had largely decreased friction coefficients under lubrication of physiological saline water compared with the unfilled UHMWPE. This was attributed to the reinforcing function of the nano-powder of SiO2 in the composites and the lubricating action of the water boundary film. The wear of pure UHMWPE was dominated by plowing, plastic deformation, while the SiO2-UHMWPE was characterized the mild fatigue wear.
Xingdong Zhang, Junzo Tanaka, Yaoting Yu and Yasuhiko Tabata
D. S. Xiong et al., "Tribological Properties of UHMWPE Composites Filled with Nano-Powder of SiO2 Sliding against Ti-6Al-4V", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 288-289, pp. 629-632, 2005