Research Papers: Friction and Wear

Dry Sliding Tribological Behavior of Columnar-Grained Fe2B Intermetallic Compound Under Different Loads

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Kemin Li

State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials,
School of Materials Science and Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,
28 Xianning West Road,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: kmin2015@stu.xjtu.edu.cn

Zhifu Huang

State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials,
School of Materials Science and Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,
28 Xianning West Road,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: zhifuhuangxjtu@163.com

Ting Min

School of Chemical Engineering and Technology,
Xi'an Jiaotong University,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: min.ting@stu.xjtu.edu.cn

Jiamei Liu

School of Chemical Engineering and Technology,
Instrument Analysis Center of Xi'an Jiaotong University,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: liujiamei@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

Lei Zhang

School of Materials Science and Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: xjtulei@outlook.com

Qiaoling Zheng

School of Materials Science and Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China
e-mail: zhengql@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Tribology. Manuscript received February 19, 2019; final manuscript received July 7, 2019; published online August 1, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Gary L. Doll.

J. Tribol 141(10), (Aug 01, 2019) (7 pages) Paper No: TRIB-19-1077; doi: 10.1115/1.4044293 History: Received February 19, 2019; Accepted July 07, 2019

The dry sliding tribological behavior of a columnar-grained Fe2B intermetallic compound under different normal loads was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), XPS, and 3D laser scanning microscope. The results indicated that under a load of 12 N, after a 35 min break-in period, the dynamic friction coefficient decreased from 0.78 to about 0.6 and this low value was maintained until the end of test. When the normal load increased from 4 N to 20 N, both the average friction coefficient and wear rate values initially decreased and then increased. The lowest values of the average friction coefficient and wear rate were obtained under a load of 12 N. As the load increased from 4 N to 12 N, a complete film formed on worn surface. Nevertheless, when the load increased to 16 N, severe self-induced vibration occurred and a corrugated ribbon appeared on the surface. Furthermore, severe damage on the worn surface was caused by cycling vibration under the 20 N load. Under 4 N and 12 N, the main wear mechanism was abrasive wear, while under a load of 20 N, fracture wear and abrasive wear were the mian wear mechanisms. The friction products were composed of B2O3, H3BO3, SiO2, and FexOy. More specifically, Fe2O3 was generated under 4 N load, Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 were produced under 12 N load, and the mixture of FeO, Fe2O3, and Fe3O4 appeared under 20 N load.

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Fig. 1

SEM micrographs of columnar-grained Fe2B and the corresponding XRD pattern

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Fig. 2

Variation curves of the friction coefficient and wear rate of columnar-grained Fe2B intermetallic compound under different loads: (a) dynamic friction coefficient curves and (b) variation curves of the average friction coefficient and wear rate with load

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SEM micrographs of worn surfaces under different normal loads: (a) 4 N, (b) 8 N, (c) 12 N, (d) 16 N, and (e) 20 N

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Fig. 4

Three-dimensional morphologies and line profiles of the worn surfaces: (a) 4 N, (b) 12 N, (c) 20 N, and (d) line profiles

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SEM micrographs of the cross sections under different normal loads: (a) 4 N, (b) 12 N, and (c) 20 N

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SEM micrographs of the worn debris under different normal loads: (a) 4 N, low magnification; (b) 4 N, high magnification; (c) 12 N, low magnification; (d) 12 N, high magnification; (e) 20 N, low magnification; and (f) 20 N, high magnification

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Fig. 7

XPS spectra of the worn surfaces: (a) Fe2p, (b) B1s, and (c) Si2p under 4 N load; (d) Fe2p, (e) B1s, and (f) Si2p under 12 N load; and (g) Fe2p, (h) B1s, and (i) Si2p under 20 N load



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