The viability of a high power diode laser source as effective post-deposition treatment technique of functionally graded titania-HA coatings was checked. In particular, several laser treatments were performed on various coatings plasma-sprayed under different conditions to verify the presence of an operative window large enough for practical purposes and, subsequently, to identify the most promising settings of the laser parameters. Laser power as low as 80-100 W and focus distance as high as -4mm were found to be the most feasible choice to improve the overall coating properties as well as to inhibit undesired secondary reactions between calcium phosphates and titania. Finally, the best set of the laser parameters were applied to a pure HA coating and to a titania-HA graded one, plasma-sprayed under the same conditions, to perform a comparative evaluation.
Post-deposition laser treatment of plasma sprayed titania-hydroxyapatite functionally graded coatings / Cannillo, Valeria; Lusvarghi, Luca; Sola, Antonella; M., Barletta. - In: JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY. - ISSN 0955-2219. - STAMPA. - 29:15(2009), pp. 3147-3158. [10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2009.05.053]