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Biodegradable Orthopedic Magnesium-Calcium (MgCa) Alloys, Processing, and Corrosion Performance

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Materials 2012, 5(1), 135-155; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma5010135
Received: 7 September 2011 / Revised: 21 November 2011 / Accepted: 2 December 2011 / Published: 9 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Orthopaedic Biomaterials)
Magnesium-Calcium (Mg-Ca) alloy has received considerable attention as an emerging biodegradable implant material in orthopedic fixation applications. The biodegradable Mg-Ca alloys avoid stress shielding and secondary surgery inherent with permanent metallic implant materials. They also provide sufficient mechanical strength in load carrying applications as opposed to biopolymers. However, the key issue facing a biodegradable Mg-Ca implant is the fast corrosion in the human body environment. The ability to adjust degradation rate of Mg-Ca alloys is critical for the successful development of biodegradable orthopedic implants. This paper focuses on the functions and requirements of bone implants and critical issues of current implant biomaterials. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg-Ca alloys, and the unique properties of novel magnesium-calcium implant materials have been reviewed. Various manufacturing techniques to process Mg-Ca based alloys have been analyzed regarding their impacts on implant performance. Corrosion performance of Mg-Ca alloys processed by different manufacturing techniques was compared. In addition, the societal and economical impacts of developing biodegradable orthopedic implants have been emphasized. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnesium; biomaterial; implant; manufacturing; surface integrity; corrosion magnesium; biomaterial; implant; manufacturing; surface integrity; corrosion
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Salahshoor, M.; Guo, Y. Biodegradable Orthopedic Magnesium-Calcium (MgCa) Alloys, Processing, and Corrosion Performance. Materials 2012, 5, 135-155.

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