Dissolution response of hydroxyapatite coatings to residual stresses

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-602
Journal / PublicationJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes


The effect of residual stress on the dissolution of hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings was investigated. The examined coatings of 80-, 110-, and 200-μm thickness were prepared by a plasma-spraying technique under identical conditions. Residual stresses in the coatings were measured with a hole-drilling method. Dissolution of the coatings was monitored along with an examination of the phase composition. The results showed that both tensile residual stress and amorphous HA existed throughout the entire depth of the coatings and tended to increase from the surface to the interface of the coating and substrate. The thicker the coatings were, the higher the maximum residual stress was. Correspondingly, the pH value and calcium concentration of the solutions tended to increase with the coating thickness. On the basis of these phenomena and a thermodynamic analysis of the dissolution of the HA subjected to stresses, we concluded that besides structural effects, residual stress was also an important intrinsic factor influencing dissolution of HA coatings, and the dissolution can be delayed or even restrained by compressive residual stress. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Dissolution, Hydroxyapatite, Residual stress