Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp 1403–1409 | Cite as

Improved mechanical properties of acrylic bone cement with short titanium fiber reinforcement

  • S. P. Kotha
  • C. Li
  • P. McGinn
  • S. R. Schmid
  • J. J. Mason


Acrylic bone cements are widely used in total joint arthroplasties to grout the prosthesis to bone. The changes in the tensile properties and fracture toughness of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) bone cements obtained by the addition of control and heat treated short titanium fibers are studied. Heat treatment of titanium fibers is conducted to precipitate titania particles on the fiber surface to improve the biocompatibility of the metal. Control and heat treated short titanium fibers (250 μ long and 20 μ diameter) were used as reinforcements at 3 volume %. X-ray diffraction indicated the presence of a rutile form of titania due to the heat treatments. The tensile and fracture properties were improved by the addition of fibers. Bone cements reinforced with titanium fibers heated at 550C for 1 h followed by 800C for 30 minutes show the largest increase in fracture toughness along with the smallest changes in elastic modulus and needs to be further investigated.


Fracture Toughness PMMA Bone Cement SAHA Total Joint Arthroplasties 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. P. Kotha
    • 1
  • C. Li
    • 2
  • P. McGinn
    • 2
  • S. R. Schmid
    • 3
  • J. J. Mason
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Oral Biology, School of DentistryUniversity of Missouri–Kansas CityKansas City
  2. 2.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Notre DameNotre Dame
  3. 3.Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Notre DameNotre Dame

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