Heterogeneous structure and mechanical hardness of biomedical beta-type Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr subjected to high-pressure torsion

Yilmazer H. , Niinomi M., Nakai M., Hieda J., TODAKA Y., AKAHORI T., ...More

JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS, vol.10, pp.235-245, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier


A novel beta-type titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (TNTZ), has been developed as a candidate for biomedical applications. TNTZ exhibits non-toxicity and a low Young's modulus close to that of bone (10-30 GPa). Such a low Young's modulus of this alloy is achieved by comprising a single metastable beta phase. Greater mechanical biocompatibility, which implies higher mechanical strength and hardness while maintaining a low Young's modulus, has been aimed for TNTZ. Therefore, strengthening by grain refinement and increasing dislocation density is expected to provide TNTZ high mechanical strength while keeping a low Young's modulus because they keep the original beta phase. In this case, high-pressure torsion (HPT) processing is one of the effective ways to obtain these properties simultaneously in TNTZ. Thus, in this study, the effect of HPT processing on the microstructure and mechanical hardness of TNTZ was systematically investigated at rotation numbers (N) of 1 to 20 under a pressure of around 1.25 GPa at room temperature.