The successful applications of magnesium- based alloys as biodegradable orthopedic implants are mainly inhibited due to their high degradation rates in physiological environment. This study examines the bio- corrosion behaviour of Mg–2Zn–0.2X (X = Ca, Mn, Si) alloys in Ringer’s physiological solution that simulates bodily fluids, and compares it with that of AZ91 magne- sium alloy. Potentiodynamic polarization and electro- chemical impedance spectroscopy results showed a better corrosion behaviour of AZ91 alloy with respect to Mg– 2Zn–0.2Ca and Mg–2Zn–0.2Si alloys. On the contrary, enhanced corrosion resistance was observed for Mg–2Zn– 0.2Mn alloy compared to the AZ91 one: Mg–2Zn–0.2Mn alloy exhibited a four-fold increase in the polarization resistance than AZ91 alloy after 168 h exposure to the Ringer’s physiological solution. The improved corrosion behaviour of the Mg–2Zn–0.2Mn alloy with respect to the AZ91 one can be ascribed to enhanced protective proper- ties of the Mg(OH)2 surface layer. The present study sug- gests the Mg–2Zn–0.2Mn alloy as a promising candidate for its applications in degradable orthopedic implants, and is worthwhile to further investigate the in vivo corrosion behaviour as well as assessed the mechanical properties of this alloy.
|Titolo:||Bio-corrosion characterization of Mg–Zn–X (X = Ca, Mn, Si) alloys for biomedical applications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s10856-009-3956-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|