Tribological Performance of UHMWPE and PFPE Coated Films on Aluminium Surface
A thin layer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) or UHMWPE + PFPE is coated onto cylindrical aluminium (Al) pin (4.6 mm diametre) surface with the aim of providing wear resistant coating on this soft and tribologically poor metal. The coefficient of friction and wear life of the coated samples are investigated on a pin-on-disk tribometre under different normal loads (394–622 g) and two sliding speeds (0.1 and 0.31 m/s) against uncoated Al disk as the counterface. Both coatings provide coefficient of friction values in the range of 0.02–0.2 as compared to 0.4–1.0 for uncoated Al. There is tremendous improvement in the wear life of the pin, with UHMWPE + PFPE film giving wear life approximately twice to thrice higher than that with only UHMWPE film. A thin polymer film is transferred to the disk surface during sliding providing very long-term wear life (continuous low coefficient of friction) despite visual removal of the film from the pin surface. The present films will have applications in gears and bearings as solid or boundary lubricants for automotive and aerospace component.
KeywordsTribology Polymer coating Aluminium UHMWPE PFPE
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