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Engineering wear-resistant surfaces in automotive aluminum

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Inadequate wear resistance and low seizure loads prevent the direct use of aluminum alloys in automotive parts subject to intensive friction combined with high thermal and mechanical loading, such as brake discs, pistons, and cylinder liners. To enable the use of aluminum alloys in the production of automotive brake discs and other wear-resistant products, the insertion of a monolithic friction cladding rather than surface coating has been considered in this work. Three experimental approaches, two based on the pressure-less infiltration of porous ceramic preforms and one based on the subsequent hot rolling of aluminum and metal-matrix composite strips, are currently under investigation.

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For more information, contact V. Kevorkijan, Independent Researching p.l.c., Betnavska c. 6, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia; e-mail

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Kavorkijan, V. Engineering wear-resistant surfaces in automotive aluminum. JOM 55, 32–34 (2003).

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