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Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol.166, No.14, C485-C491, 2019
The Influence of Partial Replacement of Cu with Ga on the Corrosion Behavior of Ti40Zr10Cu36Pd14 Metallic Glasses
TiZrCuPdGa metallic glasses are under consideration for small dental biomedical implants. There is interest in replacing some of the Cu with Ga to improve the glass-forming ability and biocompatibility. Ti40Zr10Cu36-xPd14Gax (x = 0, 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 at.%) metallic glasses in rod and ribbon forms were fabricated by mould casting and melt spinning, respectively, and electrochemically tested in a 0.9wt.% NaCl (0.154 M) solution. It has been shown that for both rod and ribbon samples Ga levels up to 8% have no significant effect on passive current density, pitting potential or cathodic reactivity in 0.9% NaCl at 37 degrees C. Different pitting potential and corrosion potential values were found when ribbon and rod samples of the same composition were compared for all compositions apart from the one containing the highest Ga level (10%). This was attributed to structural relaxation occurring as a result of the slower cooling rates during casting rods compared with melt-spinning ribbons. Substitution of Ga for Cu in these metallic glasses therefore expected to have no significant effect on corrosion susceptibility. (C) The Author(s) 2019. Published by ECS.