On the effect of counterface materials on tribo-behavior of steel wire sliding under dry contact condition

Chee, Su Be and Al Shalabi, Ammar and Yousif, B. F. (2008) On the effect of counterface materials on tribo-behavior of steel wire sliding under dry contact condition. Surface Review and Letters, 15 (4). pp. 355-360. ISSN 0218-625X


Steel wires are implemented in numerous systems and undergo frequent faults due to tribological
loading conditions. Therefore, this paper presents a study on the tribological performance of
steel wire sliding against different counterfaces, namely, aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and
mild steel using a block-on-ring tribo-tester. According to common mechanisms, the tests were
performed under 5N applied load and 0.15m/s sliding velocity under dry contact condition.
Additionally, scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the damaged features on the
worn surfaces of the steel wire. Weight loss and friction coefficient results were presented versus
sliding distances (0–1.6 km). In general, the results showed that friction coefficient did not reach
the steady state due to the transformation of the wear mechanism from adhesive to abrasive
mode. Nevertheless, the average of friction coefficient was found to be about 0.7 ± 0.1 for
stainless steel and 0.2 ± 0.1 for mild steel. Weight loss gradually increased with the increase of
sliding distance. The micrographs of worn surfaces revealed that the contact mechanism was
transformed from adhesive to abrasive wear mode as implied by the scars and grooves on the
wire surface.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 05:57
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: wire-flat contact; wear; adhesive; abrasive; friction.
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0204 Condensed Matter Physics > 020406 Surfaces and Structural Properties of Condensed Matter
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040607 Surface Processes
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1142/S0218625X08011482
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8672

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