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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
Title of proceedings Science and Technology of Advanced Materials

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


We present a methodology to accelerate and estimate the lifetime of an interlayer under dynamic loading in body-like media. It is based on accelerating corrosion fatigue processes taking place at the buried interface of a Si-based adhesion-promoting interlayer in articulating implants on a CoCrMo biomedical alloy; the implants are coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC). The number of interface loading cycles to delamination is determined by reciprocal loading in corrosive fluid. Its dependence on the load is summarized in a Wöhler-like curve of a DLC/DLC-Si/CoCrMo system in body working conditions: cyclic stresses at 37°C in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). The presence of oxygen as a contaminant strongly affects the lifetime of the interface under corrosion fatigue. The main parameters acting on the prediction, with a special emphasis on simulated in vivo conditions, are analyzed and discussed: the media (PBS, Milli-Q water, NaCl, Ringers’ solution and bovine calf serum), the load, the frequency and the composition of the interface determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.