Performance of 3Y-TZP bioceramics under cyclic fatigue loading

In this work, the static mechanical properties and cyclic fatigue life of 3 mol. (%) Y2O3-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline (3Y-TZP) ceramics were investigated. Pre-sintered samples were sintered in air at 1600 °C for 120 minutes, and characterized by X ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy. Hardness and fracture toughness were determined by Vicker's indentation method, and Modulus of Rupture was determined by four-point bending testing. Fully dense sintered samples, near to 100% of theoretical density, presented hardness, fracture toughness and bending strength of 1...

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