The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of temperature on tribological properties of plasma-sprayed Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (QC) coating after laser re-melting treatment. The laser treatment resulted in a more uniform, denser and harder microstructure than that of the as-sprayed coatings. Tribological experiments on the coatings were conducted under reciprocating motion at high frequency in the temperature range from 25 to 650 °C. Remarkable influence of temperature on the friction behavior of the coating was recorded and analyzed. Microstructural analysis indicated that the wear mechanisms of the re-melted QC coatings changed from abrasive wear at room temperature, to adhesive wear at 400 °C and severe adhesive wear at 650 °C owing to the material transfer of the counterpart ball. It was also observed that the ratio of the icosahedral (i)-phase to β-Al 50(Fe,Cu) 50 phase in the coating was higher after test at 400 °C than that at 650 °C. The variation of the ratio i/β of coating and of the property of the counterpart ball and coating with the temperature are the two main factors influencing the wear mechanisms and value of the friction coefficient.
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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China No. 50075042 and Postdoctoral Foundation of China No. 2003034143. D.H. Kim is grateful for the financial support by the Creative Research initiatives of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry