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Hydroxyapatite by Yoshiki Oshida

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CHAPTER 7

HYDROXYAPATITE-BASED BIOCOMPOSITES

Yoshiki Oshida, Yeliz Guven, and Oya Aktoren

7.1   INTRODUCTION

There are materials currently available as fibers or whiskers, which possess very high strength levels approaching those predicted from theory. Unfortunately, these fibers and whiskers cannot yet be grown large enough to serve alone as useful objects. However, a rapidly increasing number of ways are being discovered to incorporate them into weaker matrixes to which they add some of their strength. Material property combinations and ranges have been and are yet being extended by the development of composite materials. Generally speaking, a composite is considered to be any multiphase material that exhibits a combination of properties that ...

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