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Metals 2019, 9(3), 311;

Tribochemical Behavior of Pure Magnesium During Sliding Friction

School of Mechanical and Electric Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Guangdong Insititue of New Materials, National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Materials Surface Engineering Technology, The Key Lab of Guangdong for Modern Surface Engineering Technology, Guangzhou 510651, China
Tribology Research Institute, State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
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Received: 24 January 2019 / Revised: 1 March 2019 / Accepted: 4 March 2019 / Published: 9 March 2019
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Reciprocating sliding friction tests were conducted on pure magnesium using a UMT-II tester. The tribo-chemical behavior was characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA), which showed that the tribo-chemical behavior of pure magnesium was due to a tribo-oxidation reaction. At room temperature, the debris layer on the worn surface contained Mg(OH)2, MgO, and MgCO3. According to the reciprocating sliding friction mechanism, the decomposition of MgCO3 into MgO should occur. XPS results revealed that the surface oxide layer, containing Mg(OH)2, and MgO, acted as a third layer to protect the surface. Apparently, Mg(OH)2·nH2O was the main tribo-chemical product of pure magnesium under sliding friction. View Full-Text
Keywords: XPS; tribochemical; magnesium; wear; oxidation XPS; tribochemical; magnesium; wear; oxidation

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Zhou, Y.; Peng, J.; Wang, M.; Mo, J.; Deng, C.; Zhu, M. Tribochemical Behavior of Pure Magnesium During Sliding Friction. Metals 2019, 9, 311.

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