Maurizio Vedani

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An investigation was carried out on equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) and extrusion processing of a ZM21 Mg alloy to obtain an improved candidate material for the manufacturing of biodegradable Mg stents. Ultrafine-grain size billets of the ZM21 alloy were obtained by two-stage ECAP aimed at achieving an initial refining of the structure at 200°C and(More)
The main drawback of a conventional stenting procedure is the high risk of restenosis. The idea of a stent that "disappears" after having fulfilled its mission is very intriguing and fascinating, since it can be expected that the stent mass decreases in time to allow the gradual transmission of the mechanical load to the surrounding tissues owing to(More)
Biodegradable magnesium alloy stents (MAS) are a promising solution for long-term adverse events caused by interactions between vessels and permanent stent platforms of drug eluting stents. However, the existing MAS showed severe lumen loss after a few months: too short degradation time may be the main reason for this drawback. In this study, a new design(More)
Zn and Zn-based alloys have been recognized as highly promising biodegradable materials for orthopedic implants and cardiovascular stents, due to their proved biocompatibility and, more importantly, lower corrosion rates compared to Mg alloys. However, pure Zn has poor mechanical properties. In this study, Ag is used as a promising alloying element to(More)
Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) was performed on ZK60 alloy and pure Mg in the temperature range 150-250 °C. A significant grain refinement was detected after ECAP, leading to an ultrafine grain size (UFG) and enhanced formability during extrusion process. Comparing to conventional coarse grained samples, fracture elongation of pure Mg and ZK60 alloy(More)
Ultra-fine grained ZK60 Mg alloy was obtained by multi-pass equal-channel angular pressing at different temperatures of 250°C, 200°C and 150°C. Microstructural observations showed a significant grain refinement after ECAP, leading to an equiaxed and ultrafine grain (UFG) structure with average size of 600nm. The original extrusion fiber texture with planes(More)
An 18-Ni 300 grade maraging steel was processed by selective laser melting and an investigation was carried out on microstructural and mechanical behaviour as a function of aging condition. Owing to the rapid cooling rate, the as-built alloy featured a full potential for precipitate strengthening, without the need of a solution treatment prior to aging. The(More)
The search for a degradable metal simultaneously showing mechanical properties equal or higher to that of stainless steel and uniform degradation is still an open challenge. Several magnesium-based alloys have been studied, but their degradation rate has proved to be too fast and rarely homogeneous. Fe-based alloys show appropriate mechanical properties but(More)
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