Comparative wear under four different tribological conditions of acetylene enhanced cross-linked ultra high molecular weight polyethylene

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Abstract

In this study, the wear of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) (Grade RCH 1000) crosslinked by gamma irradiation in acetylene was compared to virgin (non-irradiated) UHMWPE using four different wear configurations: (i) unidirectional motion with a smooth counterface, (ii) multidirectional motion with a smooth counterface, (iii) unidirectional motion with a rough counterface and (iv) multidirectional motion with a rough counterface. ©©1999©Kluwer Academic Publishers