Research Papers: Friction and Wear

Effect of Fine TiC Particle Reinforcement on the Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of In Situ Synthesized ZA27 Alloy

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Roshita David

Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research;
CSIR-Advanced Materials and
Processes Research Institute,
Bhopal 462026, India
e-mail: roshitadavid@gmail.com

Rupa Dasgupta, B. K. Prasad

Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research;
CSIR-Advanced Materials and
Processes Research Institute,
Bhopal 462026, India

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received May 10, 2018; final manuscript received August 10, 2018; published online October 16, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Gary L. Doll.

J. Tribol 141(2), 021605 (Oct 16, 2018) (7 pages) Paper No: TRIB-18-1181; doi: 10.1115/1.4041257 History: Received May 10, 2018; Revised August 10, 2018

The in situ method of making zinc-aluminum composites wherein TiC has been introduced has been investigated in the present paper for its microstructural, physical, and dry sliding wear behavior and compared with the base alloy. In the present study, ZA-27 alloy reinforced with 5 and 10 vol % TiC was taken into consideration. The results indicate that the wear rate and coefficient of friction of composites were lower than that of base alloy. The material loss in terms of both wear volume loss and wear rate increases with increase in load and sliding distance, respectively, while coefficient of friction follows a reverse trend with increase in load. Better performance was obtained for 5% TiC reinforcement than with 10% probably due to agglomeration of particles resulting in nonuniform dispersion. Worn surfaces were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis.

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A schematic representation of the pin-on-disk wear test configuration

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Fig. 2

Microstructural features of the ((a) and (b)) base alloy and (c) composite containing 5% TiC particles

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Wear loss versus sliding distance plots for the base alloy and composites containing 5% and 10% TiC particles at the loads of (a) 10, (b) 30, (c) 50, and (d) 70 N

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Wear rate versus applied load plots for a typical sliding distance of 2500 m

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Average coefficient of friction versus load plots for the base alloy and composites containing 5% and 10% TiC particles

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Wear surfaces of the base alloy ((a) and (b)) at 30 N load; composites with 5% ((c) and (d)) and 10% ((e) and (f)) TiC particles at 70 N load

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Fig. 7

X-ray mapping of ZA27 + 10% TiC at 70 N load, 3.3 m/s and 2500 m sliding distance showing (a) iron, (b) zinc, and (c) aluminum



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