Author(s): White SE, Whiteside LA, McCarthy DS, Anthony M, Poggie RA, White SE, Whiteside LA, McCarthy DS, Anthony M, Poggie RA
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Abstract A knee simulator that mimics the plowing/rolling wear mechanisms of the knee was used to compare wear properties of cobalt chromium and oxidized zirconium femoral components. The simulator flexes and extends the knee so that the femoral components travels from 0 degrees to 30 degrees while applying axial loads from 130 to 1300 lb. Three oxidized zirconium and 3 cobalt chromium femoral components were tested with 10-mm tibial polyethylene components. The oxidized zirconium femoral components caused significantly less ultra high molecular weight polyethylene wear than cobalt chromium femoral components. Tibial inserts that were articulated against the cobalt chromium components had evidence of scratching, burnishing, and delamination, but none of the surfaces that were articulated against oxidized zirconium components had evidence of delamination. Cobalt chromium surface roughness significantly increased during the 2,000,000 cycle test, but oxidized zirconium surface roughness was not affected. Polyethylene wear was correlated to a significant degree with the surface roughness of the femoral components. The improved wear characteristics of the ceramic articular surfaces can be explained by the wettability of the ceramic surface, which minimized adhesive wear, and the resistance of the hard, ceramic surface to roughening.
This article was published in Clin Orthop Relat Res
and referenced in Single Cell Biology