Biocomposites with ceramic fillers and polymer matrix are becoming attractive materials for bone tissue replacements. Nanoindentation has been used to locally characterize the surface mechanical properties of the hydroxyapatite/poly-l-lactide (HAp/PLLA) biocomposite. Additionally, differences in the mechanical properties of HAp phase were successfully characterized as a function of surface morphology by using a high-resolution modulus mapping technique. HAp granules consist of agglomerates of grainy clusters. Mechanical properties of ceramic grains and PLLA are in fair agreement with literature data. High-resolution methods were able to measure the properties of boundary phases between grains and the pore regions between particles in the agglomerate. After short-time immersion in distilled water, material surface showed a large decrease in storage modulus.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the European Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2007|
- Biomedical applications
- Mechanical properties
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites