Magnesium single crystals for biomedical applications grown in vertical Bridgman apparatus
Pravahan Salunke,1 Madhura Joshi,1 Vibhor Chaswal,1 Guangqi Zhang,1 Leonard A. Rosenbaum,2 Kevin Dowling,2 Paul Decker,2 and Vesselin Shanov1,3,a)
1Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221, USA
2CVD Equipment Corporation, Central Islip, New York 11722, USA
3Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,
Ohio 45221, USA
This paper describes successful efforts to design, build, test, and utilize a single crystal apparatus using the Bridgman approach for directional solidification. The created instrument has been successfully tested to grow magnesium single crystals from melt. Preliminary mechanical tests carried out on these single crystals indicate unique and promising properties, which can be harnessed for biomedical applications. Published by AIP Publishing.