Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 142–150 | Cite as

Synthesis and fabrication of β-tricalcium phosphate (whitlockite) ceramics for potential prosthetic applications

  • M. Jarcho
  • R. L. Salsbury
  • M. B. Thomas
  • R. H. Doremus


A novel process is described for preparing dense, polycrystalline tricalcium phosphates. Singleβ-phase compositional integrity is achieved by introducing catalytic amounts of sulphate ion and this pore free material has close to theoretical density. Preliminary mechanical properties include a compression strength of 687 MN m−2 and a tensile strength of 154 MN m−2. The relationship between processing variables and phase composition, microstructure, strength and translucence is described. The material has promise for bone implant applications.


Polymer Phosphate Sulphate Microstructure Mechanical Property 
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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Jarcho
    • 1
  • R. L. Salsbury
    • 1
  • M. B. Thomas
    • 2
  • R. H. Doremus
    • 2
  1. 1.Sterling-Winthrop Research InstituteRensselaerUSA
  2. 2.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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