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    Fretting Corrosion and Modularity: A Critical Review of the Literature and Three Registries

    Published: 29 January 2016

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    Fretting corrosion (mechanically assisted corrosion) is commonly found at retrieval analysis of Morse-type taper junctions in modular devices. The exact prevalence is difficult to precisely quantify, but it has been estimated to be present in 10 to 100 % of retrieval specimens, based on a literature review. The extent or severity of corrosion damage is variable and appears to be dependent on such factors as alloy composition of the fretting couple; physical factors, such as moment or lever arm, femoral head diameter, and time of implantation; and various design aspects of the taper.


    fretting corrosion, mechanically assisted corrosion, implant, results, joint prostheses

    Author Information:

    Cuckler, John M.
    Alabama Medical Consultants, Inc., Naples, FL

    Committee/Subcommittee: F04.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP159120140122