Zirconia phase transformation in retrieved, wear simulated and artificially aged ceramic femoral heads

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Title: Zirconia phase transformation in retrieved, wear simulated and artificially aged ceramic femoral heads
Author(s): Parkes, M
Sayer, K
Goldhofer, M
Cann, P
Walter, WL
Jeffers, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Zirconia in Zirconia toughened alumina ceramic hip replacements exists in an unstable state and can transform in response to stress giving the material improved fracture toughness. Phase transformation also occurs under hydrothermal conditions such as exist in vivo. To predict the hydrothermal aging that will occur in vivo accelerated aging procedures have been used, but validation of these models requires the study of retrieved hip joints. Here 26 retrievals are analysed to determine the degree of phase transformation in vivo. These were compared with virgin heads, heads that had undergone the accelerated aging process and heads wear tested to 5 million cycles in a hip simulator. Monoclinic content and surface roughness were measured using Raman spectroscopy and white light interferometry respectively. The monoclinic content for retrieved heads was 28.5% ± 7.8, greater than twice that in virgin, aged or wear tested heads and did not have a significant correlation with time, contrary to the predictions of the hydrothermal aging model. The surface roughness for retrieved heads in the unworn area was not significantly different to that in virgin, aged or unworn areas of wear tested heads. However in worn areas of the retrieved heads, the surface roughness was higher than observed in wear simulator testing. These results indicate that current testing methodologies do not fully capture the operational conditions of the material and the real performance of future new materials may not be adequately predicted by current pre-clinical testing methods. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Publication Date: 29-Apr-2017
Date of Acceptance: 29-Apr-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/46126
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jor.23589
ISSN: 1554-527X
Publisher: Wiley
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Copyright Statement: This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/K027549/1
Keywords: Alumina Toughened Zirconia
Hip Arthroplasty
Phase Transformation, Implant Wear
Raman spectroscopy
Orthopedics
0903 Biomedical Engineering
1103 Clinical Sciences
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2018-04-29
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering



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