SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2006

Influence of Oxygen Content on the Mechanical Properties of Titanium-35Niobium-7Zirconium-5Tantalum Beta Titanium Alloy


Titanium-35Niobium-7Zirconium-5Tantalum beta titanium alloy (also known as TiOsteum® beta titanium alloy) is a new metallic biomaterial that was designed to have outstanding osseointegratabilty, good mechanical strength, improved ductility, very low elastic modulus, and good hot and cold workability [1]. In this study, mechanical property data are presented from several TiOsteum alloy production lots with ingot oxygen contents ranging from 0.05 to 0.68%. Additionally, mill annealed mechanical property data collected over the last 10 to 15 years for the more common alpha, alpha-beta, and beta titanium alloys are presented as a function of oxygen content and compared to TiOsteum alloy. The influence of oxygen as an interstitial strengthening element is well established in titanium alloys. This study examines this effect over a broad range of oxygen values, and has significance for the application of the new TiOsteum alloy and other beta titanium alloys being considered for use in medical and surgical devices.

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Jablokov, VR
ATI Allvac, an Allegheny Technologies company, Monroe, NC
Murray, NGD
Stryker Orthopaedics, Mahwah, NJ
Rack, HJ
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Freese, HL
ATI Allvac, an Allegheny Technologies company, Monroe, NC
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Developed by Committee: F04
Pages: 40–51
DOI: 10.1520/STP37546S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5511-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3497-3