Influence of countersurface materials on dry sliding performance of CuO/Y-TZP composite at 600oC

Mahdiar Valefi, B. Pathiraj, Matthias B. de Rooij, Erik G. de Vries, Dirk J. Schipper

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Dry sliding wear tests on 5 wt.% copper oxide doped yttria stabilized zirconia polycrystals (CuO¿TZP) composite have been performed against alumina, zirconia and silicon nitride countersurfaces at 600 °C. The influences of load and countersurface materials on the tribological performance of this composite have been studied. The friction and wear test results indicate a low coefficient of friction and specific wear rate for alumina and zirconia countersurfaces at F = 1 N load (maximum Hertzian pressure ~0.5 GPa). Examination of the worn surfaces using scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of copper rich layer at the edge of wear scar on the alumina and zirconia countersurfaces. However, Si3N4 countersurface sliding against CuO¿TZP shows a relatively higher coefficient of friction and higher wear at 1 N load condition. These results suggest that the countersurface material significantly affect the behavior of the third body and self-lubricating ability of the composite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4137-4147
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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  • IR-81377


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