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Biotribology of HXLPE on PEAK Bearings

Little is known about the biotribology of all-polymer PEEK bearings!!

PDF] The Biotribology of PEEK-on-HXLPE Bearings Is Comparable to  Traditional Bearings on a Multidirectional Pin-on-disk Tester | Semantic  Scholar
The figure illustrates Biotribology of HXLPE on PEAK Bearings

Researchers from Philadelphia simultaneously tested a total of 100 pin-on-disk couples (n = 10 per bearing couple) consisting of three traditional metal-on-UHMWPE and seven polymer-on-polymer bearings for 2 million cycles under physiologically relevant conditions per ASTM F732.

The combined wear

The combined wear rates of all-polymer bearing couples were not different than traditional bearing couples. The data suggest that all-polymer bearings, especially PEEK-on-HXLPE bearing couples, may represent a viable alternative to traditional bearings with respect to their wear performance.

The biological response of PEEK

Researchers from the University of Leeds performed a systematic review of the literature related to the biological response of PEEK wear particles. They found that wear particles produced by PEEK-based bearings were, in almost all cases, in the phagocytozable size range (0.1-10 microm). The studies that evaluated the biologic response to PEEK-based particles generally found cytotoxicity to be within acceptable limits relative to the UHMWPE control, but inconsistent when inflammatory cytokine release was considered.

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