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Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene (UHMWPE) as a Promising Polymer Material for Biomedical Applications: A Concise Review

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Mechanical Engineering Department, NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan 60000, Pakistan
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Department of Polymer Engineering and Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore 42000, Pakistan
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Department of Unmanned Vehicle Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea
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School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, KSK-Campus, Sheikhupura 39350, Pakistan
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Department of Mechanical Convergence Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 04763, Korea
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Department of Physics, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad 38000, Pakistan
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Biomedical Engineering Technology Department, NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan 60000, Pakistan
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Polymers 2020, 12(2), 323; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12020323
Received: 27 December 2019 / Revised: 19 January 2020 / Accepted: 21 January 2020 / Published: 4 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biopolymers for Biomedical Applications)
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) is used in biomedical applications due to its high wear-resistance, ductility, and biocompatibility. A great deal of research in recent decades has focused on further improving its mechanical and tribological performances in order to provide durable implants in patients. Several methods, including irradiation, surface modifications, and reinforcements have been employed to improve the tribological and mechanical performance of UHMWPE. The effect of these modifications on tribological and mechanical performance was discussed in this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE); biomedical materials; tribological performance; coefficient of friction (COF); irradiation; surface modifications ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE); biomedical materials; tribological performance; coefficient of friction (COF); irradiation; surface modifications
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Hussain, M.; Naqvi, R.A.; Abbas, N.; Khan, S.M.; Nawaz, S.; Hussain, A.; Zahra, N.; Khalid, M.W. Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene (UHMWPE) as a Promising Polymer Material for Biomedical Applications: A Concise Review. Polymers 2020, 12, 323.

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