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Tribological Behavior of Nano-Sized SiCp/7075 Composite Parts Formed by Semisolid Processing

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Metals 2018, 8(3), 148; https://doi.org/10.3390/met8030148
Received: 26 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 February 2018 / Published: 25 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Semi-Solid Processing of Alloys and Composites)
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Abstract

The tribological behavior of the rheoformed and thixoformed nano-sized SiCp/7075 composite parts is investigated. The semisolid stirring temperature has a little influence on the friction coefficient and wear resistance of the rheoformed composite parts. As for the thixoformed composite parts, the average value of the steady-state coefficient of friction increases firstly and then decreases with increasing reheating temperature. Higher wear resistance is achieved at a reheating temperature of 580 °C. The average value of the steady-state friction coefficient of the rheoformed composite parts varies from 0.37 to 0.45 upon applied loads of from 20 to 50 N. Weight loss increases slightly upon an increase of applied load from 20 to 40 N. An applied load of 50 N leads to a significant increase of the weight loss. The wear rate decreases firstly and then increases with increasing applied load. As for the thixoformed composite part, the average value of the steady-state friction coefficient and the weight loss decreased with an increasing applied load. However, the wear rate decreases firstly with increasing applied load and then increases. As for the rheoformed composite part, the average value of the steady-state friction coefficient decreases firstly and then increases a little with increasing sliding velocity. Weight loss and wear rate show a first increase and a followed decrease with increasing sliding velocity. As for the thixoformed composite part, the average value of the steady-state friction coefficient shows a decrease with increasing sliding velocity. Weight loss and wear rate exhibit, at first, an increase, and then a decrease with increasing sliding velocity. The average friction coefficient varies from 0.4 to 0.44 with increasing volume fraction of SiC. Weight loss and wear rate decrease with increasing volume fraction of SiC. An increase in dislocation density around the nano-sized SiC particles and the mismatch of the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) between 7075 matrix and nano-sized SiC particles during solidification improve the wear resistance of the composite. The dominant wear mechanisms of the rheoformed and thixoformed composite parts are adhesive wear, abrasive wear and delamination wear. View Full-Text
Keywords: nano-sized SiC particle; wear rate; friction coefficient; rheoformed; thixoformed nano-sized SiC particle; wear rate; friction coefficient; rheoformed; thixoformed
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Jiang, J.; Xiao, G.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Y. Tribological Behavior of Nano-Sized SiCp/7075 Composite Parts Formed by Semisolid Processing. Metals 2018, 8, 148.

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