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Electrochemical corrosion and anisotropic tribological properties of bioinspired hierarchical morphologies on Ti-6Al-4V fabricated by laser texturing

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-364
Number of pages13
JournalTribology International
Early online date6 Feb 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Jan 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jun 2019


Biomimetic texture could widen the application of titanium alloys materials in biological fields. In this work, the electrochemical corrosion and unidirectional tribological properties of Ti-6Al-4V substrate textured with three types of bionic hierarchical morphologies in the modified simulated body fluids (m-SBF) have been evaluated. The experimental results reveal that the corrosion resistance of textured surfaces is improved by reducing the β phasephase volume ratio on the substrate and increasing the texture density. Moreover, the effect of friction-reducing of 79% and friction-increasing of 47% in unidirectional sliding can be easily tuned with laser processing parameters. Interestingly, the textured surface displays anisotropic tribological behaviour in m-SBF solution, with reducing friction along the stacked ring direction and increasing friction in other directions.

    Research areas

  • Electrochemical corrosion, Laser texture, Ti-6Al-4V alloy, Tribological anisotropy


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