Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2006, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (10): 1222-1226.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20061010

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Corrosion Behaviour of Pure Magnesium in a Simulated Body Fluid

SONG Guang-Ling;SONG Shi-Zhe   

  1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, P. R. China; School of Engineering, the University of Queensland, StLucia, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia
  • Received:2006-03-13 Revised:2006-05-24 Published:2006-10-11
  • Contact: SONG Shi-Zhe

Abstract: The corrosion behaviour of pure magnesium in Hank′s simulated body fluid (SBF) was investigated. It was found that the polarization of Mg in the SBF solution was similar to that in a NaCl aqueous solution. However, AC impedance analysis suggested that the detailed dissolution steps involved in the corrosion of Mg in the SBF could be different in terms of their rates or contributions to corrosion damage of Mg. Moreover, the corrosion rate of Mg in the SBF solution was found to be increasing with time and significant hydrogen evolution and alkalization of the SBF solution resulting from corrosion of Mg were measured in the study. The results suggested that after some proper measures are taken to retard corrosion reaction, Mg can be successfully employed as a degradable and absorbable implant material.

Key words: Magnesium, Biomaterials, Corrosion