Tribological Behavior of Microalloyed Cu50Zr50 Alloy

Younes, Abdurauf, de la Flor, Silvia, Clark, Stewart, Nutter, John, Birkett, Martin, Watson, Joseph, Unthank, Matthew and Gonzalez Sanchez, Sergio (2022) Tribological Behavior of Microalloyed Cu50Zr50 Alloy. Journal of Tribology, 144 (2). p. 1021706. ISSN 0742-4787

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Promoting the martensitic transformation through optimum microalloying with Fe and/or Mn was observed to be an effective method to enhance the wear resistance of the Cu50Zr50 at% shape memory alloy (SMA). Among all the potential microelements and concentrations, partial replacement of Cu by up to 1 at% Fe and Mn is of interest since from density functional-based calculations, large minimization of the stacking fault energy (SFE) of the B2 CuZr phase is predicted. For this reason, an effective martensitic transformation is expected. The largest decrease of the SFE from 0.36 J/m2 to 0.26 J/m2 is achieved with partial replacement of Cu by 0.5 at% Fe. This results in the highest martensitic transformation upon wear testing, especially at highest load (15 N) for which the mass loss is 0.0123 g compared to 0.0177 g for Cu50Zr50 and a specific wear-rate of 5.9 mm3/Nm, compared to 8.5 for mm3/Nm for Cu50Zr50. This agrees with the low coefficient of friction of 0.48 ± 0.05 and low roughness of 0.200 ± 0.013 µm of the Fe-containing alloy compared to that for Cu50Zr50, 0.55 and 0.415 ± 0.026 µm, respectively. All the worn surfaces show the formation of abrasive grooves, being shallowest for the more wear resistant 0.5 at% Fe alloy. The second more wear resistant alloy contains 0.5 at% Mn. Wear mechanisms of abrasion, adhesion, and delamination have been identified.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work has been partially financed by EPSRC (EP/P019889/1) First Grant scheme. S.G. acknowledges this research contract from EPSRC. A. Younes acknowledges research support from Northumbria University. We acknowledge Durham HPC facility Hamilton and the national HPC facility Archer for compute resources. We wish to acknowledge the support of the Henry Royce Institute for A. Younes through the Royce PhD Equipment Access Scheme enabling access to TEM facilities at Henry Royce Institute, University of Sheffield; EPSRC Grant Number EP/R00661X/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: abrasion, adhesion, sliding, wear
Subjects: C500 Microbiology
F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 07:56
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2021 09:30

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