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J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2002 Nov;13(11):1065-9.

Enhanced wear performance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene crosslinked by organosilane.

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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, PR China


Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) crosslinked by organosilane was thermal compression molded. The organosilane used was the tri-ethyloxyl vinyl silane. Its gelation, melting behavior, crystallinity, mechanical and wear-resisting properties were systematically investigated. The results showed that the gel ratio of UHMWPE increases with the incorporation of organosilane. At a low content of organosilane, the melting point and crystallinity of the crosslinked UHMWPE increase, and hence the mechanical and wear-resisting properties are improved. However, at a high content of organosilane, these performances of the crosslinked UHMWPE become worse. At 0.4 phr silane, the wear resistance of crosslinked UHMWPE reaches its optimum value.

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