Tribology Letters

, 37:59 | Cite as

Friction and Wear of Thermal Oxidation-Treated Ti3SiC2

  • Shufang Ren
  • Junhu Meng
  • Jingbo Wang
  • Jinjun LuEmail author
  • Shengrong Yang
Original Paper


Ti3SiC2 was thermally oxidized (TO) at 1,000 °C for 10 h. An oxide scale of ca. 25 μm was composed of rutile TiO2 and Al2O3 for the outer sub-layer and mixtures of TiO2 and SiO2 for the inner sub-layer. The tribological behavior of Ti3SiC2 and TO–Ti3SiC2 sliding against Si3N4 at 25 and 600 °C was investigated. Results indicated that at both 25 and 600 °C, the oxide scale significantly improved the tribological performance of Ti3SiC2. The wear mechanisms of Ti3SiC2 and TO–Ti3SiC2 sliding against Si3N4 at 25 and 600 °C are briefly discussed.


Ti3SiC2 Thermal oxidation Oxide scale Friction and wear 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (50675216), the West Doctor Program and the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shufang Ren
    • 1
    • 2
  • Junhu Meng
    • 1
  • Jingbo Wang
    • 1
  • Jinjun Lu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shengrong Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Graduate School of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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