Tribological behaviour and corrosion of bulk material and ceramic coatings in the spinal context

In this project we will assess the degradation characteristics of the developed ceramic materials through a combination of mechanical, electrochemical and advanced surface analysis techniques. In-situ electrochemical measurement (e.g. free corrosion potential and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) will be integrated into complex spinal biomechanics simulation models enabling the synergies between wear and corrosion to be evaluated and quantified in-situ and in real time under physiologically relevant lubricating environment and loading situations. Surfaces will then be assessed by surface analysis techniques incl. VSI, FIB-SEM, TEM, SIMS and XPS to further identify changes due to wear and corrosion and its roles in subsequent degradation. 

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