Effect of thermal oxidation on corrosion and corrosion-wear behaviour of a Ti-6Al-4V alloy.Biomaterials. 2004 Jul; 25(16):3325-33.B
In this study, comparative investigation of thermal oxidation treatment for Ti-6Al-4V was carried out to determine the optimum oxidation conditions for further evaluation of corrosion-wear performance. Characterization of modified surface layers was made by means of microscopic examinations, hardness measurements and X-ray diffraction analysis. Optimum oxidation condition was determined according to the results of accelerated corrosion tests made in 5m HCl solution The examined Ti-6Al-4V alloy exhibited excellent resistance to corrosion after oxidation at 600 degrees C for 60 h. This oxidation condition achieved 25 times higher wear resistance than the untreated alloy during reciprocating wear test conducted in a 0.9% NaCl solution.