Advances in Bearing Materials for Total Artificial Hip Arthroplasty

  • Rohit Khanna


Currently used artificial hip joints are mainly composed of femoral head of monolithic alumina or alumina-zirconia composites articulating against cross-linked polyethylene liner of acetabular cup or Co-Cr alloy in a self-mated configuration. However, possibility of fracture of ceramics or its composites, PE wear debris-induced osteolysis, and hypersensitivity issue due to metal ion release cannot be eliminated. In some cases, thin ultra-hard diamond-based, TiN coatings on Ti-6A-4V or thin zirconia layer on the Zr-Nb alloy have been fabricated to develop high wear resistant bearing surfaces. However, these coatings showed poor adhesion in tribological testing. To provide high wear resistance and mechanical reliability to femoral head, a new kind of ceramic/metal artificial hip joint hybrid was recently proposed in which a dense layer of alumina was formed onto Ti-6Al-4V alloy by deposition of Al metal layer by cold spraying or cold metal transfer methods with an Al3Ti intermetallic reaction layer at interface to improve adhesion. An optimal micro-arc oxidation treatment transformed Al to dense alumina layer. Science and technology of alumina/Ti alloy hybrid are summarized in this chapter.


Artificial hip joint Bearing material Metallic biomaterial Polyethylene Alumina-zirconia composite Ceramic/metal hybrid Oxinium Alumina coatings Cold spraying Cold metal transfer Micro-arc oxidation Biomaterial Total hip arthroplasty 


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  • Rohit Khanna
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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