American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Static and Dynamic Mechanical Behavior of Hydroxyapatite-Polyacrylic Acid Composites Under Simulated Body Fluid

Kalpana S. Katti, Phanikumar Turlapati, Devendra Verma, Rahul Bhowmik, Praveen K. Gujjula and Dinesh R. Katti

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2006.73.79

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 2, Issue 2

Pages 73-79

Abstract

In this work, we have investigated mechanical response of hydroxyapatite/polyacrylic composites under dry, wet and simulated body fluid conditions. Hydroxyapatite (HAP) is mineralized under two conditions; one, in presence of polyacrylic acid (in situ HAP), second, in absence of polyacrylic acid (ex situ HAP). Further, in situ and ex situ HAP are mixed with polyacrylic acid to make HAP/PAAc composites. Interfacial interactions between PAAc and HAP have been studied using photoacoustic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (PAS-FTIR). The mechanical response of the composites under wet condition is studied by soaking composite samples in simulated body fluid (SBF). Under wet conditions, SBF and water weaken the HAP-HAP interface significantly. PAS-FTIR data suggests that PAAc attaches to HAP through the dissociated carboxylate groups. The water and SBF soaked samples showed creep-like behavior and exhibit large residual strain after unloading. Loading under different strain rates has significant effect on mechanical properties of these composites. Both in situ and ex situ 70:30 composites exhibit highest elastic modulus at strain rate of 0.01 sec-1. XRD study indicates formation of Ca2P2O7 phase in ex situ composite after soaking in SBF and water for 3 hours, whereas in situ composites showed presence of only hydroxyapatite phase after soaking in SBF and water for same duration of time.

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© 2006 Kalpana S. Katti, Phanikumar Turlapati, Devendra Verma, Rahul Bhowmik, Praveen K. Gujjula and Dinesh R. Katti. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.