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Materials for Medical Devices

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Roger J. Narayan
Roger J. Narayan
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Sam Nasser
Sam Nasser
Wayne State University
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278 - 280
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June 25, 2012


Physically, tantalum is a dark, blue-gray, lusterless metal that exists in two crystalline forms: an alpha-phase with a body-centered cubic structure, and a brittle beta-phase with a tetragonal orientation. This article tabulates the physical and material properties of tantalum. It discusses the use of tantalum in medical electronics and the advantage of tantalum over stainless steel. The article describes the manufacturing and medical applications of tantalum foam.

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Sam Nasser, 2012. "Tantalum", Materials for Medical Devices, Roger J. Narayan

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