Assessment of surface wear properties with initial macro crack defects using on-line visual ferrography and SEM methods

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-548
Journal / PublicationIndustrial Lubrication and Tribology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2015


Purpose - This paper aims to optimize the operating condition of mechanical parts, whose working surfaces have macro-crack defects, and surface wear properties with macro-cracks are assessed through experimental investigation. Design/methodology/approach - Macro-cracks perpendicular to the direction of sliding were manufactured on discs by electric discharge machining. Tribological tests under oil lubrication were conducted on a ball-on-disc test rig. Their wear processes were monitored with on-line visual ferrography. The cross-sectional profile and morphology of the wear track were analyzed using a T200 profilometer and a scanning electron microscope, respectively. Effects of different crack numbers and various applied normal loads on the wear behavior were studied. Findings - The macro-cracks tend to promote plastic deformation on the contact disc surfaces, and material plastic deformation of the crack edges varies with the magnitude of applied normal loads. Relationship of the duration of running-in period and root mean square index of the particle coverage area with the numbers of crack is approximately linear. Originality/value - The wear properties of surfaces with macro-cracks were assessed with various crack numbers and with different applied normal loads, and the relationship between the index of particle coverage area and the wear rate was established.

Research Area(s)

  • Macro-crack, On-line visual ferrography, Plastic deformation, Wear property, Wear track