Wear of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) insert is one of the major issue related to orthopaedic implants. In this study, the tribo-mechanical properties of zirconia-coated UHMWPE deposited by means of Pulsed Plasma Deposition (PPD) technique were analyzed. Specifically, strength to local plastic deformation, indentation work portioning and creep behavior were evaluated through nanoindentation and micro-scratch tests, whereas preliminary wear data were obtained by tribology tests. A strong reduction of plastic deformation and a drop of the creep phenomenon for the zirconia-coated UHMWPE were evidenced, whereas - in spite of similar wear data - different wear mechanism was also detected. This study supported the use of hard ceramic thin films to enhance the mechanical performance of the plastic inserts used in orthopaedics.
The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
1 Jan 2016
Volume: 98 Issue: SUPP_3 Pages: 1-1