STP796: Titanium Alloys for Biomaterial Application: An Overview

    Bannon, BP
    Manager, Industrial Sales Development, and manager, Technical Development, RMI Co., Niles, Ohio

    Mild, EE
    Manager, Industrial Sales Development, and manager, Technical Development, RMI Co., Niles, Ohio

    Pages: 9    Published: Jan 1983


    Abstract

    Titanium and its alloys have been commercially available for over three decades. Its high strength-to-weight ratio plus its resistance to corrosion were recognized early and utilized by the aerospace and chemical industries, as well as by the medical profession. The benefits of corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, strength, and the ability to be incorporated by knitting bone make titanium a strong technical choice for use in surgery. In addition, the long-range availability of the metal and geopolitical stability of the nations where it is found make titanium a cost-effective implant material. The capacity of the titanium industry can be significantly increased within 18 months, and the industry currently has the capability and expertise to perform thermomechanical processing of titanium for implant manufacture.

    Keywords:

    titanium, titanium alloys, implants, biocompatibility, corrosion resistance, mechanical properties, Ti-6Al-4V ELI, titanium availability, metalworking, commercially pure titanium, implant materials


    Paper ID: STP28931S

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28931S


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