Sliding wear behaviour of Ca α-sialon ceramics at 600° C in air
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering
As an extension of a previous investigation on the wear behaviour of Ca α-sialon ceramics of differing microstructures at room temperature, wear testing was conducted at 600 °C in air to explore the effects of microstructure, contact pressure and sliding speed on the wear behaviour. Under all loading conditions from 1 MPa to 1 GPa, a constant high friction coefficient was observed and a severe wear process was dominant, in which the sliding contact induced cracks were observed in different microstructures. Wear particles were generated along the wear track, but no tribofilm was detected. Increasing the sliding speed from 10 to 23 cm/s was found to significantly increase wear rate. However, variations in microstructure had little impact. That is, large elongated-grained α-sialon exhibited only a slightly lower wear rate than fine equiaxed-grained α-sialon.