Preparation of three-dimensional braided carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK composites for potential load-bearing bone fixations. Part I. Mechanical properties and cytocompatibility.


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In this study, we focused on fabrication and characterization of three-dimensional carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone (C3-D/PEEK) composites for orthopedic applications. We found that pre-heating of 3-D fabrics before hot-pressing could eliminate pores in the composites prepared by 3-D co-braiding and hot-pressing techniques. The manufacturing process and the processing variables were studied and optimum parameters were obtained. Moreover, the carbon fibers were surface treated by the anodic oxidization and its effect on mechanical properties of the composites was determined. Preliminary cell studies with mouse osteoblast cells were also performed to examine the cytocompatibility of the composites. Feasibility of the C3-D/PEEK composites as load-bearing bone fixation materials was evaluated. Results suggest that the C3-D/PEEK composites show good promising as load-bearing bone fixations.

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Cited Authors

  • Luo, H; Xiong, G; Yang, Z; Raman, SR; Li, Q; Ma, C; Li, D; Wang, Z; Wan, Y

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 /

Start / End Page

  • 103 - 113

PubMed ID

  • 24076782

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24076782

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-0180

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1751-6161

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2013.09.003


  • eng