Surface Treatment Dependent Corrosion Resistance Of Nitinol Wires After Deformation
For our investigations, Nitinol wires of medical quality with different surface treatments were manufactured and plastically deformed under tension. We applied scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy for determining plastic deformation and visualizing remaining cracks after unloading. The composition of the different surfaces was analyzed by means of glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy using similarly treated Nitinol sheets.
Finally, the corrosion resistance with respect to each surface treatment was determined by means of cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests according to ASTM F2129. We chose the total surface area being corrosion tested according to suitable implants manufactured by ADMEDES GmbH.