Tribology Letters

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 311–317 | Cite as

Tensile and Friction Properties of Tin Bronze Matrix Composites Reinforced by Carbon Fibers

  • Zeng Jun
Original Paper


Copper-coated carbon fibers and carbon fiber (CF)-reinforced tin bronze matrix composites were prepared by chemical plating and powder metallurgy, respectively. Copper-coated CFs were characterized with field emission scanning electron microscope. The effects of CF volume fraction on the friction properties and tensile properties of the composites were investigated. The results showed that the composites exhibited lower friction coefficient and higher tensile strength than tin bronze 6-6-3 with the chemical composition of Cu-6 wt%Sn-6%Zn-3%Pb. The friction coefficient of the composites decreased with the increasing of the CF volume fraction. The composite with 9 vol.% CFs showed the highest hardness and tensile strength, which were, respectively, about 1.8× and 1.68× higher than those of the tin bronze 6-6-3.


Copper Carbon fibers EDS Self-lubrication SEM Wear resistant 



This work was supported by the 2010 basic research foundation of Xi An Engineering College (WJY-201011 and WJY201007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xi An Engineering CollegeXi AnPeople’s Republic of China

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