Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2009

Journal or Book Title

MRS Bulletin

Volume

34

Issue

11

First Page

792

Last Page

792

DOI

10.1557/mrs2009.243

Abstract

Many components experience sliding or rotating contact with other parts or with their environments. Their performance often degrades during service because their dimensions are altered by wear. Furthermore, the friction at the contact surface wastes energy. To mitigate these problems, hard coatings may be applied to contact surfaces to increase their wear resistance, and surfaces are often covered with a lubricant to reduce friction. At Ames National Laboratory, a nanocomposite boron-aluminum-magnesium ceramic alloy coating (AlMgB14 + TiB2) has been developed that provides a superhard, wear-resistant surface that also has an exceptionally low coefficient of friction. Tests show that these boride coatings offer a combination of wear resistance and low friction unmatched by other hard mate - rials (e.g., tungsten carbide, cubic boron nitride, or diamondlike carbon).

Comments

This article is from MRS Bulletin 34 (2009): 792, doi:10.1557/mrs2009.243. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Materials Research Society

Language

en

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