SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2006

Mechanical and Physical Properties of Titanium-12Molybdenum-6Zirconium-2Iron Beta Titanium Alloy


Howmedica developed the Titanium-12Molybdenum-6Zirconium-2Iron beta titanium alloy (also known as TMZF® beta titanium alloy) in the late 1980s. Two patents were issued for this high strength, low modulus, ductile, biocompatible, titanium base alloy [1,2]. The mechanical properties for wrought machining and forging bar in ASTM F 1813 show higher tensile and yield strengths than Ti-6A1-4V ELI (ASTM F 136), the most widely used titanium grade for medical and surgical implant applications. According to the ASTM standard, the TMZF alloy also has improved ductility over Ti-6A1-4V ELI, which is to be expected when comparing beta and alpha+beta titanium alloys. TMZF alloy offers higher tensile strength and greater flexibility than Ti-6A1-4Valloy. Data are presented for semi-finished TMZF mill product forms in the solution-annealed condition. The influence of oxygen as an interstitial strengthening element is shown for Ti-12Mo-6Zr-2Fe and compared with common titanium alloys used in or being considered for use in the medical device industry.

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Murray, NGD
Stryker Orthopaedics, Mahwah, NJ
Jablokov, VR
ATI Allvac, an Allegheny Technologies company, Monroe, NC
Freese, HL
ATI Allvac, an Allegheny Technologies company, Monroe, NC
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Developed by Committee: F04
Pages: 3–15
DOI: 10.1520/STP37543S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5511-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3497-3