Hydrogen absorption of titanium and nickel-titanium alloys during long-term immersion in neutral fluoride solution

Ken'ichi Yokoyama, Toshio Ogawa, Kenzo Asaoka, JuN'Ichi Sakai

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    Hydrogen absorption of biomedical titanium and Ni-Ti alloys in a neutral fluoride (2.0% NaF) solution for up to 10,000 h at 37°C has been evaluated by means of hydrogen thermal desorption analysis. For α titanium (commercial pure titanium), the amount of absorbed hydrogen was, at most, 10-30 mass ppm, and the corrosion product and hydride formation were revealed on the surface of the specimen by X-ray diffraction analysis. Ni-Ti superelastic alloy absorbed ∼150 mass ppm of hydrogen, which was probably sufficient to result in the pronounced degradation of the mechanical properties, although corrosion was hardly observed. In contrast, hydrogen absorption of α-β titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) and β titanium (Ti-11.3Mo-6.6Zr-4.3Sn) alloys was negligible, although general corrosion was observed. The results of the present study indicate that the susceptibility of titanium and Ni-Ti alloys to hydrogen absorption in the neutral fluoride solution is different from that in the acidic fluoride solution reported previously.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)204-210
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul



    • Corrosion
    • Fluoride
    • Hydrogen embrittlement
    • Ni-Ti alloy
    • Titanium

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomaterials

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