Resistance of magnesium alloys to corrosion fatigue for biodegradable implant applications: current status and challenges

R. K. Singh Raman, Shervin Eslami Harandi

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Magnesium (Mg) alloys are attracting increasing interest as the most suitable metallic materials for construction of biodegradable and bio-absorbable temporary implants. However, Mg-alloys can suffer premature and catastrophic fracture under the synergy of cyclic loading and corrosion (i.e., corrosion fatigue (CF)). Though Mg alloys are reported to be susceptible to CF also in the corrosive human body fluid, there are very limited studies on this topic. Furthermore, the in vitro test parameters employed in these investigations have not properly simulated the actual conditions in the human body. This article presents an overview of the findings of available studies on the CF of Mg alloys in pseudo-physiological solutions and the employed testing procedures, as well as identifying the knowledge gap.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1316
Number of pages11
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017


  • Biodegradable implants
  • Corrosion fatigue
  • Magnesium alloys

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