Mechanical characteristics and microstructure of drawn wire of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr for biomedical applications

Mitsuo Niinomi, Toshikazu Akahori, Shigeki Katsura, Konosuke Yamauchi, Michiharu Ogawa

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The mechanical properties and deformation behaviors of drawn wires of Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr with diameters of 1.0 mm and 0.3 mm (referred to as TNTZd1.0 wire and TNTZd0.3 wire, respectively) were investigated to determine the potential of this wire in biomedical and dental applications. The microstructure of forged Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr subjected to a solution treatment at 1063 K (TNTZST) comprises a single β phase with an average diameter of 25 μm, while that of the TNTZd1.0 wire comprises a super-fine single β phase that is elongated parallel to the drawing direction. The tensile strengths of the TNTZd1.0 and TNTZd0.3 wires are around 740 MPa and 800 MPa, respectively. While both the elongations are nearly equal (around 5.0%), the elastic modulus of the TNTZd1.0 wire (around 50 GPa) is slightly lower than that of the TNTZd0.3 wire (around 55 GPa). The notch-fatigue limit of the TNTZd1.0 wire is 250 MPa. The stress-strain curves of the TNTZd1.0 and TNTZd0.3 wires in the elastic deformation region have two gradients, and the maximum elastic strains are nearly equal to each other and very large (around 3.0%). In the general stress-strain curve for TNTZST, the maximum elastic strain is around 1.4%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-161
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan


  • Drawing
  • Elastic deformation characteristics
  • Elastic modulus
  • Super-elasticity
  • Tensile and fatigue properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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