Title: Correlation of wear debris morphology and wear mechanism of Ti-5Al-4V-0.6Mo-0.4Fe slides against tungsten carbide under dry and cryogenic conditions

Authors: T.C. Yap; N.S.M. El-Tayeb; P.V. Brevern; K.S. Sim

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia

Abstract: Wear mechanisms of Ti-5Al-4V-0.6Mo-0.4Fe (Ti54) sliding against tungsten carbide under dry and cryogenic liquid nitrogen conditions were studied through the analysis of wear debris. The morphology of titanium alloy Ti54 wear debris collected from different sliding conditions was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). In general, two different shapes of wear debris were detected. These are flake-type debris that had been collected from dry sliding condition and cutting chip-like debris from cryogenic sliding. The analysis suggests that different wear mechanisms, which are adhesive wear generated at dry sliding and abrasive wear at cryogenic condition, were in action.

Keywords: wear debris morphology; wear mechanisms; tungsten carbide; wear tests; cryogenic cooling; titanium alloys; sliding conditions; adhesive wear; dry sliding.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2011.044401

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 2011 Vol.5 No.5/6, pp.463 - 481

Received: 02 May 2011
Accepted: 01 Sep 2011

Published online: 24 Dec 2011 *

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