Characterization of bioactive glass-reinforced HAP-polymer composites

Y. E. Greish, P. W. Brown

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The effect of bioactive glass on the mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite-Ca polyacrylate composites was studied. Powder mixtures of tetracalcium phosphate (TetCP), poly(acrylic-co-itaconic) and bioactive glass (up to 50% by weight) were hot pressed for 30 min at 300 °C and 40 kpsi. Tensile strengths, elastic moduli, and microstructures of the composites produced were investigated. Results showed the mechanical properties of these composites were enhanced by the addition of bioactive glass. The highest values of tensile strength and elastic modulus were achieved with the addition of 10% bioactive glass. Composites were immersed in SBF for up to 10 days, then in 1.5 simulated body fluid (SBF) for a week. The changes in the concentrations of Ca, P, and Si ions of these solutions were measured. The microstructures of these composites after SBF immersion were also evaluated. Concentrations of Ca, P, and Si increased with the time of immersion in SBF owing to the formation of an apatite layer on their surfaces as found by SEM with energy-dispersive spectroscopy attachment. (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-694
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioactive glass
  • Composites
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Mechanical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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