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Characterization of Thermal Stability and High-Temperature Tribological Behavior of Electroless Ni-B Coating

Pal, Soupitak and Sarkar, Rohit and Jayaram, Vikram (2018) Characterization of Thermal Stability and High-Temperature Tribological Behavior of Electroless Ni-B Coating. In: METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, 49A (8). pp. 3217-3236.

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A preliminary study has been conducted using sequences of isothermal heat treatments and unidirectional high-temperature wear test following ball-on-flat geometry against an alumina counterface, to assess thermal stability and high-temperature tribological properties of the crystalline electroless Ni-B coating, a potential candidate for high-temperature solid lubricant coating. Isothermal heat treatment of 450 A degrees C/15 h causes a significant amount of B diffusion into the Fe substrate without altering the coating's through-thickness hardness and nanostructure. At room temperature, a very low wear rate is observed, which increases up to two orders of magnitude above a testing temperature of 100 A degrees C. Room-temperature wear behavior is mostly governed by oxidative wear, where friction-induced heating produces a thick oxide scale on the wear track, which subsequently decreases the wear rate by preventing direct contact between the coating and counterface. In the case of wear tests above 100 A degrees C, removal of the same oxide layer occurs through local plastic deformation, essentially plastic ratcheting at the contacting region by flow softening of the contacting surface layer due to a local rise in temperature. Worn track morphology shows similarity with the severe wear seen in steel-steel contacts. Experimental observations have been explained and validated using the concept of contact point flash temperature. A quantitative assessment of contact point flash temperature has been carried out adopting the methodology, proposed by Ashby et al. The effects of applied normal load, test geometry, choice of counterface material, and testing temperatures on the transition of wear mechanism are critically discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 15:17
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2018 15:17
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60225

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