Online ISSN : 1347-5320
Print ISSN : 1345-9678
Sintering Behavior and Mechanical Properties of Magnesium/β-Tricalcium Phosphate Composites Sintered by Spark Plasma Sintering
Kai NaritaEquo KobayashiTatsuo Sato
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2016 Volume 57 Issue 9 Pages 1620-1627


Mg/bioceramic composites fabricated by powder metallurgy technique have been explored for biodegradable load-bearing implants. Although sintering behavior including densification and reaction has a significant effect on mechanical properties of the composites, little studies have been conducted focusing on both sintering behavior and mechanical properties. In this study, Mg/10 and 20 vol.% β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) composites were fabricated by spark plasma sintering, which achieved high densification. Distinct sintering behavior of Mg/β-TCP composites involving reaction was investigated by estimating relative densities during sintering, thermal analyses, X-ray diffractometry and auger electron spectroscopy. The results suggest that Ca solid diffusion into Mg during sintering resulted in melting and penetrating Mg into gaps between β-TCP particles, and finally led to high densification. The reaction between Mg and β-TCP produced MgO. Compression tests showed that Mg/β-TCP composites enhanced their mechanical properties compared with Mg sintered at the same route. That's because the high densification of Mg/β-TCP composites and high hardness of MgO potentially caused good load transfer from Mg-matrix to the formed MgO as reinforcement. The discoveries regarding the reactions can help the design of Mg/calcium phosphate composites including Mg/β-TCP composites.

Fig. 11 Schematic diagrams of reaction behavior of Mg/β-TCP composites. Direction and thickness of arrows refer to direction and rate of elements diffusion respectively. Fullsize Image
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