The comparisons of sliding speed and normal load effect on friction coefficients of self-mated Si3N4 and SiC under water lubrication

Ming Chen, Koji Kato, Koshi Adachi

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Abstract

The effects of sliding speed and normal load on friction coefficients of self-mated Si3N4 and SiC sliding in water after running-in in water were investigated with pin-on-disk apparatus at sliding speeds of 30 to 120 mm/s, normal loads of 1 to 14 N in ambient condition. The results showed that, after running-in in water, for two kinds of self-mated ceramics, friction coefficient increases with both decreasing sliding speed and increasing normal load when normal load is larger than a critical normal load. Friction coefficient was independent of normal load when normal load is smaller than the critical load. The lubrication film of Si3N4 under water lubrication exhibited larger load carrying capacity than that of SiC did. Stribeck curves indicated that, for self-mated Si3N4 ceramics, hydrodynamic lubrication will change into boundary lubrication abruptly when the sommerfeld number is less than a critical value; while for self-mated SiC ceramics, hydrodynamic lubrication will change into mixed lubrication and then into boundary lubrication gradually when the sommerfeld number is below critical value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalTribology International
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar

Keywords

  • Boundary lubrication
  • Hydrodynamic lubrication
  • Load carrying capacity
  • Running-in
  • Sliding speed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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