A Brief Note On Titanium Alloy Implants And Joint Replacement

1660 WordsNov 28, 20167 Pages
Erik Rasmussen 11-13-2016 ME 315 Titanium Alloy Implants and Joint Replacements The advancement in materials science has paralleled with human ability to make improvements in the fields of engineering, manufacturing and medical fields. Specifically in the medical field, as major joints or sometimes organs begin to fail, foreign materials must be introduced into the body to perform the functions of the failing component. Not all materials can be used in the human body however, therefore materials science is directly correlated to the success of implants. This report discusses some of the challenges faced when selecting the most ideal material for an operation, and investigates many of the material properties of common joint replacement/implant materials. Understanding further the certain requirements of proper implant materials used in practice will permit greater advancement in the field of medical implants and joint replacement once other materials are created to better fit those requirements. There are three main areas which a certain material must prove to be superior in a given application in order to be considered for use in implants and joint replacements. First and most importantly, the material in question must be compatible with the human body. Introduction of foreign materials into the human body causes a reaction between the foreign material and human tissue, we consider the material compatible so long as this reaction is not producing negative or harmful
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