This work aimed to investigate the effect of the burnishing surface treatment on the tribocorrosion resistance related to Ti6Al4V specimens, in the framework of the head-neck tribo-pair characterising a total hip replacement. The experimen- tal procedure carried out started by choosing the specimens referred to different burnishing conditions together with specimens not treated or treated only with the turning process. Then, tribocorrosion experiments with fixed load and two frequencies were conducted through a reciprocating tribometer equipped with a potentiostat able to measure the electrochemical corrosion potential and current associated to the synergistic wear phenomenon analysed together with the coefficient of friction. Furthermore, optical topographical acquisitions were performed before and after the experiments. The results showed that the non-burnished specimens exhibited unexpected oscillations of the coefficient of friction approximately in the middle of the rubbing phase and the same happens for the cell potential; the wear volume was measured after the tribocorrosion test. This allowed to estimate the wear factor related to all the analysed config- urations, showing a greater mean value in correspondence of greater sliding frequencies in the non-burnished cases, while the opposite happens in the burnished cases. Finally, the burnished sample at the lower burnishing force resulted to have the noblest corrosion potential, while the non-burnished samples exhibited the lowest corrosion current density.

Tribocorrosion experimental investigation on Ti6Al4V burnished samples used for hip joint replacement

Alessandro Sicilia
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Alessandro Ruggiero;
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Abstract

This work aimed to investigate the effect of the burnishing surface treatment on the tribocorrosion resistance related to Ti6Al4V specimens, in the framework of the head-neck tribo-pair characterising a total hip replacement. The experimen- tal procedure carried out started by choosing the specimens referred to different burnishing conditions together with specimens not treated or treated only with the turning process. Then, tribocorrosion experiments with fixed load and two frequencies were conducted through a reciprocating tribometer equipped with a potentiostat able to measure the electrochemical corrosion potential and current associated to the synergistic wear phenomenon analysed together with the coefficient of friction. Furthermore, optical topographical acquisitions were performed before and after the experiments. The results showed that the non-burnished specimens exhibited unexpected oscillations of the coefficient of friction approximately in the middle of the rubbing phase and the same happens for the cell potential; the wear volume was measured after the tribocorrosion test. This allowed to estimate the wear factor related to all the analysed config- urations, showing a greater mean value in correspondence of greater sliding frequencies in the non-burnished cases, while the opposite happens in the burnished cases. Finally, the burnished sample at the lower burnishing force resulted to have the noblest corrosion potential, while the non-burnished samples exhibited the lowest corrosion current density.
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