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The corrosion processes occurring on surgically implanted alloys are reviewed. Crevice corrosion and other forms of attack observed on surgical implants are described. The theory, techniques and results of linear polarization corrosion rate measurements are discussed.
implant materials, biological degradation, fatigue (materials), corrosion, corrosion tests, corrosion reactions, implants, passive, surgical implants, polarization, linear polarization, in vivo, tests, stainless steels
Professor of Metallurgy, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT