STP1365: Effect of Metallic Counterpart Selection on the Tribological Properties of UHMWPE

    Killar, JA
    Graduate Assistant and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

    Freese, HL
    Manager, Business Development and Technical Services, and VP of Technology, Allvac, Monroe, North Carolina

    Kennedy, RL
    Manager, Business Development and Technical Services, and VP of Technology, Allvac, Monroe, North Carolina

    LaBerge, M
    Graduate Assistant and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

    Pages: 13    Published: Jan 1999


    Abstract

    This study was aimed at evaluating the effect of counterpart selection on the wear rate, and the surface and subsurface properties of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). The frictional and wear properties of an implant grade UHMWPE in contact with ASTM F 1537 cobalt-based alloy and ASTM F 138 316L stainless steel were characterized. The average contact angle measurements obtained for the 316L SS surfaces were statistically higher (C.I.=95%) than those measured for the Co-Cr-Mo alloy samples. The surface roughness of the metallic counterparts was not significantly altered during wear testing. UHMWPE sub-surface changes as well as wear rate were more pronounced with 316L SS counterparts.

    Keywords:

    UHMWPE, polyethylene, wear, cobalt-base alloy


    Paper ID: STP14271S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F04.12

    DOI: 10.1520/STP14271S


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