Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp 1065–1069 | Cite as

Enhanced wear performance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene crosslinked by organosilane

  • C. Y. Tang
  • X. L. Xie
  • X. C. Wu
  • R. K. Y. Li
  • Y. W. Mai


Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) crosslinked by organosilane was thermal compression molded. The organosilane used was the tri-ethyloxyl vinyl silane. Its gelation, melting behavior, crystallinity, mechanical and wear-resisting properties were systematically investigated. The results showed that the gel ratio of UHMWPE increases with the incorporation of organosilane. At a low content of organosilane, the melting point and crystallinity of the crosslinked UHMWPE increase, and hence the mechanical and wear-resisting properties are improved. However, at a high content of organosilane, these performances of the crosslinked UHMWPE become worse. At 0.4 phr silane, the wear resistance of crosslinked UHMWPE reaches its optimum value.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Y. Tang
    • 1
  • X. L. Xie
    • 1
    • 2
  • X. C. Wu
    • 2
  • R. K. Y. Li
    • 3
  • Y. W. Mai
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloon, Hong KongP.R. China
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of Physics and Materials ScienceCity University of Hong KongKowloon, Hong KongP.R. China
  4. 4.Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloon, Hong KongP.R. China

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