Mechanical properties of titanium connectors

Tee Khin Neo, John Chai, Jeremy L. Gilbert, Wayne T. Wozniak, Michael J. Engelman

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The tensile mechanical properties of welded titanium joints were studied, and intact titanium was used as controls. Welded joints were fabricated with either a stereographic laser-welding technique or a gas tungsten arc welding technique. The effect of heat treatment following a simulated porcelain application was also investigated. Heat-treated laser welds had significantly lower ultimate tensile strengths. Heat treatment had no effect on the modulus of elasticity or elongation, but generally significantly decreased the yield strength of the titanium specimens. The gas tungsten arc welding specimens had significantly higher yield strengths and elastic moduli than the other two groups. The elongation of the control specimens was significantly greater than the elongation of the gas tungsten arc welding specimens, which was in turn significantly higher than that of the laser-welded specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-393
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Prosthodontics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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