Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 1945–1956 | Cite as

Improvement of Tribological Performance of AISI H13 Steel by Means of a Self-Lubricated Oxide-Containing Tribo-layer

  • Xianghong Cui
  • Yunxue Jin
  • Wei Chen
  • Qiuyang Zhang
  • Shuqi Wang


A self-lubricated oxide-containing tribo-layer was induced to form by continuously adding particles of MoS2, Fe2O3 or their mixtures onto sliding interfaces of AISI H13 and 52100 steels. The artificial tribo-layer was always noticed to form continuously and cover the worn surface (termed as cover-type), whereas the original tribo-layer spontaneously formed with no additive was usually discontinuous and inserted into the substrate (termed as insert-type). Clearly, the cover-type and insert-type tribo-layers exactly corresponded to low and high wear rates, respectively. For the mixed additives of Fe2O3 + MoS2, the protective tribo-layers presented a load-carrying capability and lubricative function, which are attributed to the existence of Fe2O3 and MoS2. Hence, the wear rates and friction coefficients of H13 steel were markedly reduced.


antiwear sliding wear steel wear testing 



Financial support of our work by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51071078 and 51701079), Prospective Joint Research Project of Jiangsu Province (No. BY2016072-04), and the Research and Innovation Project for College Graduates of Jiangsu Province (No. KYCX-1770) are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xianghong Cui
    • 1
  • Yunxue Jin
    • 2
  • Wei Chen
    • 1
  • Qiuyang Zhang
    • 3
  • Shuqi Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Materials Science and EngineeringJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina
  2. 2.Jiangsu University of Science and TechnologyZhenjiangChina
  3. 3.Materials ScienceJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina

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