This paper examines the influence of spark plasma sintering (SPS) on plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings. For comparison purposes, a conventional heat treatment is also carried out. The surface microstructure as well as the crystallinity of each layer is determined by means of SEM and XRD analysis. Test results show that the crystallinity of the layers increases with increasing SPS temperature up to 800 °C and a large amount of β tricalcium phosphate is formed. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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