Effects of the reinforcement morphology on the fatigue properties of hydroxyapatite reinforced polymers

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, USA.
Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials 08/2008; 1(3):261-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2008.01.004
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The objective of this study was to examine the effects of the hydroxyapatite (HA) reinforcement morphology and content on the fatigue behavior of HA reinforced high density polyethylene (HDPE). To this end, HDPE was reinforced with 20 and 40 vol% of either HA whiskers or an equiaxed HA powder, and tested in four-point bending fatigue under simulated physiological conditions. The fatigue life, mechanical property degradation and failure surfaces were compared between experimental groups. HDPE reinforced with HA whiskers exhibited a four- to five-fold increase (p < 0.001, T-test) in fatigue life compared to an equiaxed powder for either the 20 and 40 vol% reinforcement level. Composites containing 40 vol% HA exhibited decreased fatigue life compared to those with 20 vol% HA for either reinforcement morphology (p < 0.0001, ANOVA). HA whisker reinforced HDPE exhibited less stiffness loss, permanent deformation (creep) and energy dissipation at a given number of cycles compared to HA powder. Thus, HA whisker reinforced HDPE was more tolerant of fatigue damage due to either microcracking or polymer plasticity. Scanning electron microscopy of failure surfaces and surface microcracks showed evidence of toughening by uncracked ligaments, crack tip plasticity, polymer fibril bridging and HA whisker pullout. The results of this study suggest that the use of HA whiskers, in place of HA powder, is a straightforward means to improve the fatigue life and damage tolerance of HA reinforced polymers for synthetic bone substitutes.

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    • "On the other hand, the sterilization promotes crosslinking and affects the composite properties [22, 23]. Kane RJ et al. [24] studied the effects of hydroxyapatite (HA) morphology and content on the fatigue behavior of HA reinforced high density polyethylene (HDPE), which suggested that the HA whiskers directly improved the fatigue life and damage tolerance of HA reinforced polymers for synthetic bone substitutes. Soltani Z. et al. [25] studied the effects of irradiation on the mechanical and thermal properties of LDPE/HA powder which was synthesized via hydrolysis method. "
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    • "Permanent specimen deformation (i.e. creep) was calculated by monitoring the change in minimum deflection of the hysteresis loop (Fig. 1) throughout testing (Kane et al., 2008). These measures were determined using the testing frame's actuator displacement and therefore it is important to emphasize relative comparisons among data, not absolute magnitudes . "
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    • "Dense HA reinforced PAEK composites have been reported to exhibit mechanical properties similar to those of human cortical bone tissue (Abu Bakar et al., 2003a,b; Converse et al., 2007; Tang et al., 2004). HA whiskers were demonstrated to result in improved tensile and fatigue properties, compared to conventional HA powders, at a given reinforcement level in polymers (Kane et al., 2008; Roeder et al., 2003, 2008). Compression molded polyetheretherketone (PEEK) reinforced with 0–50 vol% HA whiskers exhibited an elastic modulus in the range 4–23 GPa and tensile strength in the range 42–99 MPa (Converse et al., 2007). "
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