Precipitates in biomedical Co-Cr alloys

Takayuki Narushima, Shingo Mineta, Yuto Kurihara, Kyosuke Ueda

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Herein, precipitates in biomedical Co-Cr-Mo and Co-Cr-W-Ni alloys are reviewed with a focus on their phase, chemical composition, morphology, and formation/dissolution during heat treatment. The effects of the heat-treatment conditions and the addition of minor alloying elements such as carbon, nitrogen, Si, and Mn on the precipitates are also discussed. Mostly, the precipitates in the alloys are of the σ-phase, M23X6-type phase, η-phase (M6X-M12X type), π-phase (M 2T3X type), χ-phase, M7X3-type phase, or M2X-type phase (M and T refer to metallic elements, and X refers to carbon and/or nitrogen); the σ- and χ-phases are intermetallic compounds, and the others are carbides, nitrides, and carbonitrides. The dissolution of the precipitates during solution treatment is delayed by the formation of the π-phase at temperatures where partial melting occurs in the alloys. In addition, the stability of the precipitates depends on the content of minor alloying elements. For example, the addition of carbon enhances the formation of M23X6-type and M 7X3-type precipitates. Nitrogen stabilizes the M 2X-type, η-phase, and π-phase precipitates, and Si stabilizes the η-phase and χ-phase precipitates. The balance between the minor alloying element abundances also affects the constitution of the precipitates in Co-Cr alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-504
Number of pages16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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