Chapter 3. Tribology of Silicon Nitride and Silicon Nitride-Steel Sliding Pairs

  1. William Smothers
  1. Paul Sutor

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320228.ch3

Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, 7/8

Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, 7/8

How to Cite

Sutor, P. (1984) Tribology of Silicon Nitride and Silicon Nitride-Steel Sliding Pairs, in Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, 7/8 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320228.ch3

Author Information

  1. Midwest Research Institute Kansas City, MO 64110

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374139

Online ISBN: 9780470320228

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Keywords:

  • silicon nitride;
  • hybrid bearings;
  • scanning electron micrographs;
  • sliding friction;
  • baseline wear

Summary

Sliding friction and wear of NC-132 silicon nitride, sliding against itself or M-50 steel, was studied at ambient temperature and 480–540°C in air. Load and velocity effects were examined. Oxidation is an important factor in both M-50 and NC-132 wear and friction; interfacial temperatures during sliding are substantially greater than ambient. The lowest friction and wear is exhibited by silicon nitride sliding against steel at high temperature; metal oxide is transferred to the ceramic under these conditions.