The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the tribology behavior of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) incorporated with three types of nickel–phosphorus (Ni-P) particles (i.e. low phosphorus [LP], medium phosphorus [MP] and high phosphorus [HP]) under dry sliding condition.
Ni-HP, Ni-MP and Ni-LP particles fabricated via an electroless plating process were incorporated into PTFE matrix with different additions to prepare Ni-P/PTFE composites (Ni-LP/PTFE, Ni-MP/PTFE and Ni-HP/PTFE). The tribology tests for these samples were carried out on a reciprocating ball-on-disc tribometer. The thermal stabilities, mechanical and tribological properties, morphologies and components of aforesaid Ni-P/PTFE composites were analyzed.
The marvelous effect of Ni-P incorporation on the simultaneous reduction in friction and wear of PTFE was corroborated.
Compared with that of pristine PTFE sample, the reduction on friction with a value of 27% and the reduction in wear about 94% for Ni-HP/PTFE composite is validated, which is probably related to the increased crystallinity and hardness due to the presence of Ni-P particles.
Li, F., Yang, Y., Song, L. and Liang, L. (2021), "Simultaneous friction and wear reduction of Ni-P/PTFE composites under dry sliding condition", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 73 No. 4, pp. 581-587. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-07-2020-0235
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