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Chemical and structural nature of tribo-surface of aluminium-SiC composites at nanometre and micrometre length scales

Shorowordi , K. M. and Haseeb , A. S. M. A. and Celis , J. P. (2006) Chemical and structural nature of tribo-surface of aluminium-SiC composites at nanometre and micrometre length scales. MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 425 (1-2). pp. 213-218. ISSN 0921-5093

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Abstract

The worn surface of Al-SiC metal matrix composites (MMC) sliding against phenolic brake pad at a linear sliding speed of 1.62 m s(-1) under contact pressures of 0.75-3.00 MPa in a pin-on-disc apparatus was investigated. XPS was used to extract information from the top few nanometres of the worn surface, while scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) provided information from within a few micrometres. Results reveal that the surface of Al-SiC undergoes significant chemical and physical changes during wear. The tribo-surface on Al-SiC is converted into a mixture that contains the constituents of Al-SiC and the phenolic pad counter body as well as oxygen from atmosphere. The worn surface obtained in the present study is suggested to consist of a relatively finely mixed top layer of a few mu m in thickness. The topmost few nanometres of this finely mixed layer is totally oxidized. In addition to the continuous top layer, a thick mechanically mixed layer (MML) termed as massive MML also forms. Its thickness and coverage is found to be load dependent. The massive MML is found to be stratified at places; it contains defects and is rather heterogeneous at the micrometre scale. The characteristics of the modified surface are discussed and a schematic model for the MML is proposed. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:9727
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 07:18
Last Modified:20 Oct 2010 07:18

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