Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 391–401 | Cite as

Heat treatment of cast Co-Cr-Mo for orthopaedic implant use

  • H. S. Dobbs
  • J. L. M. Robertson


Cast Co-Cr-Mo was heat treated to determine whether a significant improvement in the alloy's mechanical properties could be obtained without loss of corrosion resistance. Tensile, corrosion fatigue, and corrosion tests were carried out using individually cast test pieces. The effect on the tensile properties of solution treatment at 1240° C and of ageing at 720° C was determined for a large range of heat treatment times. In addition the effect of other heat treatments described in the literature was determined. Partial solution treatment gave the greatest improvement in corrosion fatigue behaviour. None of the heat treatments significantly affected the corrosion resistance. In spite of the improvements obtained, it was concluded that for orthopaedic implant applications requiring high corrosion fatigue strength, cast Co-Cr-Mo was less suitable than other currently available products.


Fatigue Heat Treatment Corrosion Resistance Treatment Time Tensile Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. S. Dobbs
    • 1
  • J. L. M. Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringInstitute of Orthopaedics, Royal National Orthopaedic HospitalStanmoreEngland

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