Cobalt-based alloys are widely used in the manufacture of joint prostheses. In this study, the effect of boron additions and heat treatment on the ASTM F75 was evaluated by rotating bending fatigue. The boron ranged from 0.06–1 wt %. The alloys were tested in as-cast and heat-treated conditions. In the as-cast condition, the infinite life was observed at 380 MPa, improving to 433–615 MPa according to the amount of boron added. In the heat treatment condition, the fatigue resistance was improved only in the base alloy. The addition of 0.06 wt % boron and heat treatment led to the same resistance as in the as-cast condition. Adding large amounts of boron combined with heat treatment diminished the fatigue limit. The fracture analysis revealed primarily brittle behaviour with some ductile features even on the same sample; only the heat-treated alloy with 0.06 wt % boron was clearly ductile. This alloy also exhibited notably better toughness to crack propagation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ciencia de los Materiales General