In this work, we modified the topography of commercial titanium orthopedic screws using electrochemical anodization in a 0.4 wt% hydrofluoric acid solution to produce titanium dioxide nanotube layers. The morphology of the nanotube layers were characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the nanotube layers were investigated by screwing and unscrewing an anodized screw into several different types of human bone while the torsional force applied to the screwdriver was measured using a torque screwdriver. The range of torsional force applied to the screwdriver was between 5 and . Independent assessment of the mechanical properties of the same surfaces was performed on simple anodized titanium foils using a triboindenter. Results showed that the fabricated nanotube layers can resist mechanical stresses close to those found in clinical situations.
Mechanical Properties of Nanotextured Titanium Orthopedic Screws for Clinical Applications
Manuscript received June 25, 2012; final manuscript received January 17, 2013; published online June 24, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Jyhwen Wang.
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Descamps, S., Awitor, K. O., Raspal, V., Johnson, M. B., Bokalawela, R. S. P., Larson, P. R., and Doiron, C. F. (June 24, 2013). "Mechanical Properties of Nanotextured Titanium Orthopedic Screws for Clinical Applications." ASME. J. Med. Devices. June 2013; 7(2): 021005. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4023705
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