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Coatings, Volume 7, Issue 7 (July 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Currently used hip implants are unable to provide a combination of high wear resistance and [...] Read more. Currently used hip implants are unable to provide a combination of high wear resistance and mechanical reliability. In this regard, a new kind of artificial hip joint was recently developed by forming a dense layer of pure α-alumina onto Ti-6Al-4V alloy by deposition of Al metal layer by cold spraying or cold metal transfer methods with ~2 μm thick Al3Ti reaction layer formed at their interface to improve adhesion. Finally, an optimal micro-arc oxidation treatment transformed Al to dense alumina. View this paper.