Wang, W., Wereszczak, A.A. and Hadfield, M., 2010. Surface Strength of Silicon Nitride in Relation to Rolling Contact Performance on Ball-on-Rod and Modified Four-Ball Tests. Tribology International, 43 (1-2), pp. 423-433.
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Silicon nitride (Si3N4) has been used in various rolling contact applications in turbomachinery, automotive and power industry. It is favoured to replace conventional steel due to its low density, low friction, corrosion resistance and good performance under extreme condition. However, a major limitation of its wider application is its high material and machining cost, especially the cost associated with the finishing process. In the present study, a low cost Sintered and Reaction Bonded Silicon Nitride (SRBSN) is used to study the surface machining effects on its rolling contact performance. Attempt has been made to link the surface strengths of Si3N4 derived from half-rod and C-sphere flexure strength specimens to the rolling contact lifetimes of Si3N4 rod and ball specimens. The rolling contact fatigue tests are carried out on ball-on-rod and modified four ball machines. Three types of surfaces with coarse, fine and conventional finishing conditions are examined. Flexure strength tests on half-rod and C-sphere show an increasing surface strength from specimens with coarse, fine to conventionally machined conditions. During rolling contact fatigue test of as-machined specimens, there are no failures observed on both ball-on-rod and four ball tests after 100 million stress cycles. However, there is a trend of decreasing wear volumes measured on the contact path of rods and balls with coarse, fine and conventional conditions. In four ball test, spall failures are observed on pre-crack specimens. There is a trend of increasing rolling contact fatigue lifetime from pre-cracked specimens with coarse, fine to conventional machining conditions.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Rolling contact fatigue; Silicon nitride; Surface strength|
|Subjects:||Technology > Engineering > General Engineering|
|Group:||School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Sustainable Design Research Centre|
|Deposited By:||Professor Mark Hadfield|
|Deposited On:||22 Oct 2009 17:58|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:16|
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