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Tribological Study of Thin-Electroplated Chromium: Evaluation of Wear Rate as a Function of Surface Roughness

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In this study, the effect of the surface parameters variation as the symbol of surface condition on the wear behavior was studied. For approaching this issue, the precipitated coating, chromium electroplating was applied on the titanium substrate. The maximum obtained microhardness was 510 HV0.5 and 3 N load was chosen as the applying load within the wear test due to the results of the determination of the load test. The best sample with 0.21 g weight loss obtained which was coated at 30 A/dm2 within 15 min. Also, the analysis displayed that both abrasive and adhesive wear mechanisms were active within the wear test. The precipitated feature of the obtained chromium coating plays an important part in the wear performance. Proposed experimental relation based on obtained results shows that different surface parameters including surface roughness, the height of the asperities, and the height of the peaks has meaningful relation with the measured wear rate. Finally, the friction coefficient was decreased remarkably from 1.12 to 0.56.

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Tabrizi, A.T., Aghajani, H. & Laleh, F.F. Tribological Study of Thin-Electroplated Chromium: Evaluation of Wear Rate as a Function of Surface Roughness. Exp Tech (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40799-021-00502-z

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Keywords

  • Chromium electroplating
  • Wear behavior
  • Titanium
  • Surface roughness
  • Friction coefficient