On the possibility of silicon nitride as a ceramic for structural orthopaedic implants. Part I: processing, microstructure, mechanical properties, cytotoxicity

@article{Mazzocchi2008OnTP,
  title={On the possibility of silicon nitride as a ceramic for structural orthopaedic implants. Part I: processing, microstructure, mechanical properties, cytotoxicity},
  author={M. Mazzocchi and A. Bellosi},
  journal={Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={2881-2887}
}
  • M. Mazzocchi, A. Bellosi
  • Published 2008
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
Notwithstanding the good combination of mechanical and tribological properties, the suitability of silicon nitride for application as prosthesis in bone reconstruction or in articular joints replacements is still controversial. This study aims to design and produce three different silicon nitride-based ceramics and to test the materials. In this Part I the microstructure and mechanical properties evidence outstanding characteristics and the cytotoxicity studies confirm that all the materials… Expand
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