Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The wear resistance of four Al2O3/SiC nanocomposites that contained SiC particles of varying average size (40, 200, and 800 nm) was studied under dry sliding conditions and compared with the results obtained in unreinforced alumina. The wear rate of the alumina and the nanocomposites of equivalent grain size increased as the contact load increased; however, the nanocomposite wear resistance at high contact loads was better than that of the alumina by a factor of 3–5. The wear resistance of the nanocomposites of submicrometer grain size was fairly independent of the contact load, and their wear resistance at high contact loads was up to two orders of magnitude better than that of the alumina. The mechanisms responsible for these behaviors were discussed in terms of the microscopic wear mechanisms that were observed on the worn surfaces.
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