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Titanium and Titanium Alloy Applications in Medicine

  • M. J. JacksonEmail author
  • J. Kopac
  • M. Balazic
  • D. Bombac
  • M. Brojan
  • F. Kosel
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Abstract

Titanium is a transition metal. It is present in several minerals including rutile and ilmenite, which are well dispersed over the Earth’s crust. Even though titanium is as strong as some steels, its density is only half of that of steel. Titanium is broadly used in a number of fields, including aerospace, power generation, automotive, chemical and petrochemical, sporting goods, dental and medical industries. The large variety of applications is due to its desirable properties, mainly the relative high strength combined with low density and enhanced corrosion resistance. This chapter discusses the applications of titanium and its alloys in the medical field.

Keywords

Titanium Alloys Medicine Materials Applications Machining 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Springer and Wiley publishers for allowing the authors permission to reprint and update this chapter that was originally published in, ‘Surface Engineered Surgical Tools and Medical Devices,’ originally published by Springer in 2007 (ISBN 978-0387-27026-5). The authors also wish to thank Springer for allowing the authors to update the chapter with material that was published in ‘Machining with Nanomaterials’ also published by Springer. Reprinted with kind permission from Springer Science + Business Media B.V and Wiley Publishers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Jackson
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Kopac
    • 2
  • M. Balazic
    • 2
  • D. Bombac
    • 2
  • M. Brojan
    • 2
  • F. Kosel
    • 2
  1. 1.Kansas State UniversitySalinaUSA
  2. 2.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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