Blade Tip Geometry—A Factor in Abrading Sintered Seal Material

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J. Wolak, A. F. Emery, S. Etemad, S. R. Choi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

J. Tribol 106(4), 527-533 (Oct 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3260976 History: Received March 25, 1983; Online October 29, 2009


Experimental results are presented for the case of titanium blade tip specimens of various geometrical configurations rubbing at 100 m/s against specimens of nickel-chromium sintered powder metal seal material, the latter being fed toward the rotating blades at an incursion rate of 0.0254 mm/s. Blade tips in the form of orthogonal cutting tools with about 85° negative rake angles exhibited desirable abrading capabilities as measured by the tear free appearance of the grooves they generated in the seal material, little wear of blade tips, low forces of interaction and low seal densification. Similar results have been obtained for blade specimens with tips of small radius of curvature as well as for square ended and slanted blade tips plasma sprayed with abrasive particles. The relationship between the size of these particles and their abrading effectiveness is considered.

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