Tribocorrosion studies in centrifugally cast Al-matrix SiC p-reinforced functionally graded composites

A. Velhinho, J. D. Botas, E. Ariza, J. R. Gomes, Luís Augusto Sousa Marques Rocha

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The present work reports results obtained from a series of preliminary experiments aiming at complementing the current knowledge about the wear behaviour of centrifugally-cast FGM Al/SiCp composites, through concurrent corrosion processes. Precursor MMC's were prepared by rheocasting, using 118.8 μm SiC particles and an Al-10Si-2.2 Mg alloy. Those MMC's were then molten and centrifugally cast in order to produce cylindrical FGMMC's. Discs machined from the top surface of each sample were tested against nodular cast iron pins, using an inverted configuration pin-on-disc tribometer. Sliding tests took place at room temperature, over a 50000 m sliding distance, with a sliding speed of 0.3 m s-1, under a 5 N normal load; both dry-sliding and water-lubricated tests were performed. In order to elucidate the mechanisms involved, the wear coefficients were calculated for each condition, and the samples were subjected to morphological characterization via SEM/EDS. Concurrently, in the case of the water-lubrication tests, the corrosion potential of the tribological pair was monitored. The results obtained show an increase in material loss for the water-lubricated cases, although variations are registered depending on reinforcing particle volume fraction. At the same time, the open circuit potential response of the tribological pair may be correlated with the events of formation/destruction of the tribolayers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-875
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2004
EventAdvanced Materials Forum II: Proceedings of the II International Materials Symposium: Materials 2003 and XI Encontro da Sociedade Portugesa de Materials, 2003 ATERIAIS - Caparica, Portugal
Duration: 14 Apr 200316 Apr 2003


  • Graded Material
  • Metal Matrix Composite
  • Tribocorrosion
  • Wear resistance


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