Titanium alloys are widely used in the field of orthopaedics, however, poor tribological performance arising from the low shear resistance and weak protection of the oxide layer limits their applicability. In this work, the tribocorrosion behaviour of novel β and α + β biomedical titanium alloys were studied in bovine serum solution under open circuit potential. Ti-5Mo-Fe-3Sn and Ti-6Al-4V ELI alloys were found to have the capability to repassivate when testing at a slower sliding speed. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy results revealed that the repassivation was mainly associated with the greater tribofilm formation on the worn surface, rather than an oxide film. The tribolayer performed as a solid lubricating film, which stabilised the coefficient of friction.
|Number of pages||12|
|Early online date||24 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2021|