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Materials Research

Print version ISSN 1516-1439On-line version ISSN 1980-5373

Mat. Res. vol.20 no.6 São Carlos Nov./Dec. 2017  Epub Sep 28, 2017

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980-5373-mr-2017-0009 

Articles

Dry Sliding Wear Behaviour of Aluminium 5059/SiC/MoS2 Hybrid Metal Matrix Composites

Ajith Arul Daniela  * 

Sakthivel Murugesana 

 Manojkumara 

Sudhagar Sukkasamya 

aDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University Regional, Campus Coimbatore, 641046, Tamil Nadu, India.

ABSTRACT

The present study is to investigate the influence of weight percentage of silicon carbide (SiC) (5,10 %, 15%) and particle size (10,20,40µm) of SiC and constant 2% of Molybdenum disulphide(MoS2)is reinforced with aluminium matrix. Wear performance of the composite was carried out through pin-on-disc method to calculate friction coefficient and wear resistance of the composites. The experiments were conducted by varying the sliding speed of (1.5,2.5 &3.5 m/s), loads (30,50&70N) with sliding distance ranges from (500, 1000& 1500m) under dry sliding conditions. Taguchi plan of experiments and ANOVA method was carried out to find the outcome of reinforcement ceramic particles, sliding distance, sliding speed, and applied load over the friction coefficient and wear rate. The result reveals that applied load and sliding distance are the most influencing factors for friction coefficient. Load and percentage of SiC indicates the most affecting factor for wear rate. Worn out surface of the composites were studied by optical microscopic image and Gwyddion software. To conclude, it was interfered that 15% weight percentage of SiC at 10µm offers better wear resistance and friction coefficient in AHMMCs.

Keywords: Armor Aluminium; Silicon Carbide; Gwyddion; Wear rate; Co-efficient of Friction

1. Introduction

During recent days Hybrid metal matrix composites are generating a wide interest in the area of research. It offers high strength, fracture toughness, stiffness than monolithic materials and it can withstand high elevated temperature in corrosive conditions. Among that Aluminium MMC (AMMC) is majorly used in defence, aircraft, automobile and mining applications owing to its good tribological and mechanical properties. In general MMC contains two phases named as matrix phase which is the base metal and reinforced phase which is added to modify the properties of the material. Aluminium is the material mostly used as base matrix due to its lightweight, high strength and easy availability on the earth at lowest price 1-4.Ceramic particles with aluminium alloy can be effectively fabricated by stir casting technique. Such that the developed MMC exhibits uniform distribution of the ceramic particles with matrix material5.The dry sliding wear of Al composites fabricated through squeeze casting method and found that the alloy having SiC fibers exhibits low wear rate than the base aluminium alloy material. In addition to, by reinforcing the ceramics with aluminium alloy, it exhibits better mechanical, thermal resistance and high wear resistance. Hardness is increased with adding hard reinforced like SiC and increases the resistance against wear 6.The wear behaviour of automobile break pad material added with aluminium/SiC MMCs which the composites are fabricated through stir casting method. The pin-on-disc test reveals that the MMCs offer better wear resistance. The increase of weight percentage of Al2O3 reduces the plastic deformation of the composite and increases the wear resistance7. By adding Al2O3, the hardness of the composites increases which leads to decrease in wear loss of the AMMC. Micro cracking and abrasion leads to material loss at lower speed8.Mechanical properties like hardness, tensile strength and impact strength increases when the weight percentage of SiC increases, on the other hand friction and wear performance improves while increasing the wt% of SiC and alumina upto 25%9,10. Addition of high amount of SiC decreases the elongation which tends the composite material transform from ductile to brittle which leads to machining difficulties 11. At low sliding speed and pressure the specific wear rate increases when the percentage of reinforcement decreases. To overcome the drawback of hard reinforcement, soft materials like graphite and MoS2are added as secondary reinforcement which offers lubrication against wear12.

Hybridization of reinforcements plays a major role in enhancing the properties of MMCs7.These composites combines the property of primary and secondary reinforcement to provide improved unique characteristics which cannot the established by a single material13. Addition of solid lubricant increases the compressibility and helps to improve the part density in which 3% of MoS2 will give optimized wear behaviour and volume percentage more than 5% reduces the hardness of the composite14. Wear capacity improves with addition of MoS2 at high loads15. Addition of MoS2 decreases the co-efficient of friction because it forms a moisture absorbed layer on the matrix16.By adding graphite (Gr) as reinforcement in AMMCs has been reported as a better solution in lowering the wear rate due to its self lubricating property, but on the other side it cripples mechanical potency of the composites. At the same time addition of silicon carbide (SiC) improves both mechanical strength and wear resistance of materials. Wear rate of hybrid composite with graphite is less than free graphite composite.Al-Al2O3-Gr composite provides better wear behaviour and the addition of Gr as secondary reinforcement reduces the machining difficulties. High amount of Gr will reduce wear due to the fracture toughness17.Al-SiC-Gr hybrid composite has better wear behaviour than Al-SiC and Al-Gr composites18. From the literature it can be noted that Gr and MoS2 are the most used solid lubricants in the composite. Further, it is important to note that graphite loses its solid lubricant properties at vacuum atmospheres whereas lubricant property of MoS2 is not affected by the environment.

The fabrication route of MMCs plays a vital role in mechanical and tribological behaviour and it was found that stir casting specimens have superior mechanical behaviour when compared with powder metallurgy specimens9. Utilization of stir casting technique improves wettability and excellent bonding between the ceramics and the metal. In addition to, these methods are typically cost effective18-22.It is a simple and flexible method for large quantity productions23-25. Taguchi based system is significant for designing the experiments in an improved quality structures. Orthogonal array provides better results with reduced number of experiments in an optimum setting for input parameters. This technique accomplishes the incorporation of design of experiments (DOE)26.DOE is the most effective statistical methods to study the influence of multiple variables and entails a series of steps to undergo the process27.DOE by taguchi techniquein SiCp-Gr reinforced composites reveals less wear loss when compared with SiCp-reinforced MMCs28.In bulk metallic glass composites the worn out surface is analyzed to find wear loss by using SEM with white light interferometer(WLI) images using Gwyddion software29.

2. Experimental Work

2.1 Material selection

Al5059is a high corrosion resistant alloy with magnesium as primary alloying element. The composition of Al 5059 is given in table 1. Silicon carbide is selected as reinforcement because of durability and low density. The primary reinforcement is silicon carbide having different particle sizes (10, 20 and 40µm) in a particulate form which is added into the molten metal at various weight percentages of 5%, 10% and 15%. Because of low friction property MoS2a soft solid lubricant material is added as the secondary reinforcement at constant weight percentage of 2%. SiC as a brittle reinforced material easily combines with light weight ductile AMMC.

Table 1 Chemical composition of Aluminium 5059 

Elements Mg Cr Cu Fe Mn Si Ti Zn Zr Al
% 5-6 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.45 0.2 0.4 0.05 Bal

2.2 Composite preparation

Many researchers suggested that liquid phase method is the most suitable and cost effective method for compositepreparation14. So, stir casting with compocasting formulation is chosen as fabrication technique because of uniform distribution of reinforcement. SiC and MoS2 were preheated in a crucible till 450ºC.The base matrix metal aluminium 5059 ingots are placed in the crucible and heated upto 7500 Cinside the furnace and then the preheated SiC and MoS2 are added at chosen percentage to the base metal. 2% of Mg is added to the mixture to increase wettability between base matrix and reinforcement24,25. Mechanical stirrer is inserted into the molten metal and powered for a period of 8mins at 350 rpm in order to blend the reinforcement in base metal. After completion of stirring the liquid mixture is poured into the die (100x70x50mm) and allowed to solidify.

2.3 Hardness test

Table 2 shows the hardness value (BHN) of different composites with respect to particle size (10, 20, 40 µm) and weight percentage (5, 10, 15 %) of SiC. Among the AMMCs , the composite reinforced with 15 % SiC at 10µm particle size have the better hardness value. From the table it can be noted that MMC hardness increases with increase in SiC percentage and also higher hardness values are exhibited by the smaller particle reinforced MMCs. Higher hardness value of reinforced SiC leads to increase in hardness of the MMC. Surface area of the smaller particles is higher when compared to larger particles in the matrix which tends to superior hardness of the smaller particle reinforced MMCs26.

Table 2 Composition of Aluminium MMC with hardness 

SiC size (µm) 10 10 10 20 20 20 40 40 40
SiC weight % 5 10 15 5 10 15 5 10 15
BHN 83 84.52 86.66 78.33 82.33 83.6 75.16 76 78.3

2.3 Microstructure

Microstructure of the developed composites was analyzed through scanning electron microscope in order to identify the distribution of reinforcement particles on matrix material. The specimens were prepared as per the required size with the help of wire cut EDM and polished with 300, 600, 1200 and 2000 grit emery sheets. Figure 1a shows the presence of SiC at 5% level at 10µm and constant weight percentage of MoS2.Similarly, Figures1b and 1c illustrate the occurrence of SiC at 10% at 10µm and 15% at 10 µm.

Figure 1 SEM images of Al5059/SiC/MoS2 

2.4 Dry sliding wear

The wear test was done according to ASTM G99−95 standards under dry condition at room temperature using pin on disc arrangements. The test samples with dimensions 10 mm×10mm×30mm were prepared by using wire cut EDM. The prepared pin is in contact with disc made of EN32 steel disc hardened to hardness 60 HRC as a counterbody. The end surfaces of pins are flattened and polished by emery sheets. A fixed wear track diameter of 100 mm was used for all the tests and each trial was done thrice owing to exact value of wear rate and co-efficient of friction. After each experiment, the disc and pins are cleaned with acetone to eliminate impurities and wear debris attached on composite pins. Decrease in weight was measured using a weighing machine and wear rate and co-efficient of friction were determined with the help of following equations

W=Δmg/s (1)

Where W is the wear rate of the sample, Δmg is the weight loss by sample after wear test, and S is the sliding distance.

μ=FF/L (2)

Where µ is the friction co-efficient of the sample, FF is the friction factor of the sample, and L is the load applied on sample.

2.5 Design of experiments

In order to achieve better performance of products and processes Design of Experiments (DOE) is a best technique used for experimentation.The Design of Experiment (DOE) technique is adopted in this study to plan the sequence and scheme of investigation. Designing the experiment suitable to a particular problem situation is an important issue.In the present study five control factors such as particle size and weight percentage of SiC, load, sliding speed and sliding velocity with each three levels are chosen and the values are given in table 3. For the selected process parameters, the best suited array is L27 orthogonal array that is shown in table 4.

Table 3 Process parameters and their levels 

Code Factors Unit Level
1 2 3
A Particle size of SiC µm 10 20 40
B Weight percentage of SiC % 5 10 15
C Load N 30 50 70
D Sliding speed m/s 1.5 2.5 3.5
E Sliding distance m 500 1000 1500

Table 4 L27 orthogonal array and results for Al5059/SiC/MoS2 composite 

Sl.No Particle size (µm) SiC (%) Load (N) Sliding speed (m/s) Sliding distance (m) Wear rate (mg/m) S/N ratio Co-efficient of friction S/N ratio
1 10 5 30 1.5 500 0.0031 50.172 0.333 9.55
2 10 5 30 1.5 1000 0.0030 50.457 0.380 8.40
3 10 5 30 1.5 1500 0.0033 49.629 0.430 7.33
4 10 10 50 2.5 500 0.0040 47.958 0.300 10.4
5 10 10 50 2.5 1000 0.0048 46.375 0.330 9.62
6 10 10 50 2.5 1500 0.0054 45.352 0.360 8.87
7 10 15 70 3.5 500 0.0060 44.437 0.350 9.11
8 10 15 70 3.5 1000 0.0069 43.223 0.400 7.95
9 10 15 70 3.5 1500 0.0077 42.270 0.440 7.13
10 20 5 50 3.5 500 0.0073 42.733 0.190 14.4
11 20 5 50 3.5 1000 0.0084 41.514 0.250 12.0
12 20 5 50 3.5 1500 0.0090 40.915 0.280 11.0
13 20 10 70 1.5 500 0.0053 45.514 0.350 9.11
14 20 10 70 1.5 1000 0.0060 44.437 0.380 8.40
15 20 10 70 1.5 1500 0.0066 43.609 0.410 7.74
16 20 15 30 2.5 500 0.0025 52.041 0.360 8.87
17 20 15 30 2.5 1000 0.0031 50.172 0.320 9.89
18 20 15 30 2.5 1500 0.0032 49.897 0.420 7.53
19 40 5 70 2.5 500 0.0131 37.654 0.340 9.37
20 40 5 70 2.5 1000 0.0140 37.077 0.360 8.87
21 40 5 70 2.5 1500 0.0146 36.712 0.380 8.40
22 40 10 30 3.5 500 0.0046 46.744 0.310 10.1
23 40 10 30 3.5 1000 0.0054 45.352 0.330 9.62
24 40 10 30 3.5 1500 0.0060 44.437 0.340 9.37
25 40 15 50 1.5 500 0.0042 47.535 0.330 9.62
26 40 15 50 1.5 1000 0.0045 46.935 0.360 8.87
27 40 15 50 1.5 1500 0.0051 45.848 0.400 7.95

In Taguchi method, the response are analyzed in terms of Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio, which accounts the sensitiveness of an output measured to the noise factor or uncontrollable factor. The proper S/N ratio must be chosen among the three 'Larger is better', 'Nominal is best' and 'Smaller is better'. The current purpose of this problem is to minimize the wear rate and friction coefficient of the composite material. Hence, the S/N ratio for smaller is better which is selected and calculated using the following formula.

S/Nratio=−10logΣyi2n (3)

3. Result and Discussion

3.1 Analysis of process parameters

The objective of the experiment is to find out the control factors which influence the minimum wear rate and coefficient of friction with S/N table using Minitab 16 software. An orthogonal array of L27 shown in Table 4 was chosen to develop the experiments. The S/N ratio for "smaller the better" for wear resistance and co efficient of friction at each process parameter level is depicted in Table 4. The purpose is to analyze the most contributing factors of weight& particle size of SiC with constant 2% of MoS2 on wear rate and friction coefficient. The output experimental data is transfigured into S/N ratio. Effects of input parameters such as particle size, weight percentage of SiC, sliding speed, applied load and sliding distance on wear rate and coefficient of friction were examined by signal to noise ratio. From the response graph it is clearly depicted that the most influencing parameters could be easily identified by seeing the graph. From the graph, optimum experimental conditions at which minimum wear rate obtained is found to be A1B3C1D1E1 i.e. Particle size of 10 µm, Weight percentage of SiC at 15%, Load of 30N, 1.5m/s of sliding speed and 500m sliding velocity. From the graph, optimum experimental conditions at which minimum wear rate obtained is found to be A1B3C1D1E1 i.e. Particle size of 10 µm, Weight percentage of SiC at 10%, Load of 30N, 1.5m/s of sliding speed and sliding distance at 500m.To reduce the wear rate of the composites the weight percentage of SiC should be maximum at 15%. Since the hardness of the composites are increased this tends to decrease the wear loss. Table 5 & 6 shows S/N ratio response table for wear rate and friction co-efficient. The ranking of input factor on the effect of wear behaviour is found based on the Δ value. The high Δ value possesses the great influence of considered factors.

Table 5 S/N ratio response for wear rate (smaller is better) 

Level Particle size(µm) SiC (%) Load (N) Sliding speed (m/s) Sliding distance (m)
1 46.65 42.99 48.77 47.13 46.09
2 45.65 45.53 45.02 44.80 45.06
3 43.14 46.93 41.66 43.51 44.30
Δ 3.51 3.94 7.11 3.61 1.73
Rank 4 2 1 3 5

Table 6 S/N ratio responsefor co-efficient of friction (smaller is better) 

Level Particle size (µm) SiC (%) Load (N) Sliding speed (m/s) Sliding distance (m)
1 8.717 9.940 8.974 8.557 10.080
2 9.900 9.267 10.327 9.102 9.301
3 9.143 8.553 8.458 10.100 8.378
Δ 1.182 1.387 1.869 1.543 1.701
Rank 5 4 1 3 2

The tables 5 and 6 show the effective influence on coefficient of friction and wear rate. The most affecting factor for wear rate is exerted by applied load followed by sliding distance, sliding speed, and weight percentage and particle size of SiC. The rise in load on the composite leads to major wear loss. Because increase in applied load declines the existing tribolayer which results in conversion from mild stage to rigorous wear loss. This study also accredited higher load reduces which the wear resistance aluminum matrix composite27,30.

Weight percentage of SiC is the second factor that involves in affecting the wear rate.The wear resistance of the composite is low at 5% of weight percentage and it gradually increases with the increase in percentage of reinforcement at 15% SiC. Again this study proved that the brittleness of SiC increases the wear rate while less amount of reinforcement remains the base as ductile and resist against the plastic deformation16. The response value indicates that weight percentage range of 10 to 15% provides better wear rate due to higher hardness of the composite material. Particle size of reinforcement is the third factor that affects wear rate. Figure 2 shows that the wear rate is minimal at 10 microns and the wear loss increases with increasing the particle size. Small particle size (<10 µm) decreases the wear rate due to its ability to fill the pores and made a strong bondage with the base whereas large size particles failed and gradually increases the wear rate.

Figure 2 Influence of various parameters on S/N ratio for wear rate (smaller is better) 

Sliding velocity is the next factor that influences the wear rate. At minimal speed the wear loss is low, and the wear loss is increased with increasing the speed at high speed. The amount of reinforcements peeled out also increase due to the plugging action of steel counter face on the pin material but wear loss rise a little in further increase in velocity, and this might be the peeled out particles that acts as third body material which affect the wear loss. Sliding distance is the least factor that affects the wear rate. The range S/N ratio values from 47 to 42 shows that the wear loss gradually increases with increase in sliding distance. As running distance increases, the temperature increases and softens the material which leads to gradual wear loss.

Similarly figure 3 represents the optimum conditions for better co-efficient of friction that is A2B1C2D3E1. Weight percentage of reinforcement and sliding distance must be minimal and a little rise in load offers better friction co-efficient. Among all the control factors applied load is the major aspect for friction co-efficient of the composites in which cracks, contact area between friction pairs and de lamination increases with increase in load and extend to severe plastic deformation which leads to high tribo-surface removal. Further, friction coefficient gradually increases with increasing sliding distance ranging from 1000 to 1500m. During long running conditions the temperature also increases which soften the material that affects the friction co-efficient. MoS2 acts as a protective layer to isolate the friction pairs and act as a solid lubricant. At high sliding distance the layers were broken into pieces and acts as third body particle that increases the friction co-efficient. Sliding velocity is the third factor that affects the friction co-efficient. Friction factor linearly decreases with increase in sliding speed at 3.5m/sec and this is due to the wettability between base and the reinforcement particles.

Figure 3 Influence of various parameters on S/N ratio for friction co-efficient (smaller is better) 

3.2 Analysis of variance

ANOVA is carried out to conclude the parameter which influences wear bound such as particle size, weight percentage of SiC, load, sliding velocity and distance which influence the quality of hybrid composite. By using ANOVA it could be determined that which is the most dominant factor which influence the friction coefficient and wear rate by the percentage of contribution given to each particular input variable. The analysis is performed for five input factors at 5% level of significance. The p- values which is below 0.05 is identified as all the input variables are significant .The percentage level shows that factor C is major contributor and E is the least contributing factor on wear rate(From Table 7).It is cleared from percentage of contribution that load is the majorly affecting factor of contribution percentage (43.15%) followed by weight percentage of reinforcement (24.89%), particle size (16.12%),sliding distance (13.11%) and sliding distance (2.35%). by adding different weight percentage of MoS2 the consequences of weight percentage and particle size of SiC on the wear rate of the hybrid composite material can be further investigated. Table 8 shows that factor C is the major factor that affects the friction coefficient. Pr(%) of contribution for each factor is shown in the same table below.

Table 7 ANOVA for wear rate of the hybrid composites 

Source DF Seq SS/10-3 Adj SS/10-3 Adj MS/10-3 F P Pr(%)
A 2 0.0000445 0.0000445 0.0000222 312.19 0.000 16.12
B 2 0.0000687 0.0000687 0.0000343 481.89 0.000 24.89
C 2 0.0001191 0.0000119 0.0000595 835.48 0.000 43.15
D 2 0.0000362 0.0000362 0.0000181 253.82 0.000 13.11
E 2 0.0000065 0.0000065 0.0000033 45.66 0.000 2.35
Error 16 0.0000011 0.0000011 0.0000001
Total 26 0.0002760

Table 8 ANOVA for co-efficient of friction of the hybrid composites 

Source DF Seq SS/10-3 Adj SS/10-3 Adj MS/10-3 F P Pr(%)
A 2 0.0073259 0.0073259 0.0036629 10.90 0.000 9.35
B 2 0.0108059 0.0108059 0.0054029 16.08 0.000 13.80
C 2 0.0217036 0.0217036 0.0108518 32.30 0.000 27.72
D 2 0.0130703 0.0130703 0.0065351 19.45 0.000 16.69
E 2 0.0199970 0.0199970 0.0099985 29.76 0.010 25.54
Error 16 0.0053757 0.0053757 0.0003360
Total 26 0.0782783

3.3 Regression model

Equation 4 & 5 shows the regression equation for coefficient of friction and wear rate in which the relationship between the predictor variable (particle size of SiC(A), weight percentage of SiC (B), applied load(C),sliding speed(D),sliding distance(E)) and the response value (wear rate(W) and friction co-efficient(F)).the regression equations generated for co-efficient of friction and wear rate are as follows

Wearrate=0.0029777+0.000102A0.00036B+0.000127C+0.0011222D+0.000003E (4)

Coefficientoffriction=0.284890.00039A+0.0048B+0.00051C0.0268D+0.000066E (5)

3.4 Confirmation test

The confirmation test for dry sliding wear was carried out with set of levels and factors (as shown in table 9) to confirm the statistical analysis of this experimental work. Table 10 shows the test factors wear experiment. After confirmation test the results compared with computed results. The comparison of wear rate results of the composite shows the error range of (7.6% to 10.6%) and co-efficient of friction has the error range of (3.1% to 9.01%)

Table 9 Confirmation test parameters  

S/N Particle size(µm) SiC (%) Load (N) Sliding speed(m/s) Sliding distance(m)
1 10 5 38 1.7 600
2 20 10 64 2.9 1200
3 40 15 82 3.8 1800

Table 10 Confirmation test results 

Sl.No Experiment Wear rate(mg/m) Regression model Wear rate (mg/m) Error (%) Experiment co-efficient of friction Regression model co-efficient of friction Error(%)
1 0.0013 0.00378 7.6 0.32 0.31 3.12
2 0.0083 0.00832 6.02 0.34 0.32 5.88
3 0.016 0.01259 10.6 0.44 0.40 9.09

3.5 Worn out surface analysis

The variation of wear loss in Al 5059/SiC/MoS2 samples with different, sliding distance, sliding speed load and weight percentage of SiC were shown in figure 4 as optical microscopic images. The optical microscopic images and Gwyddion WLI images shows that the wear tracks in various particles and weight percentage of SiC with different control parameters. The image clearly shows that the composites have three different layers. Initially, the red layer indicates the presence of reinforcement on the exterior part of the composites. Green depicts the occurrence of worn out tracks. Blue layer shows the ploughed out of reinforcement from the surface due to maximum load.

Figure 4 Optical microscopic and WLI images of damaged surface of Aluminium 5059/SiC/MoS2 at various input conditions.(a)5% &10 µm (b)10% &10 µm (c)5% &20 µm (d)15% &20 µm (e)5%& 40 µm (f)15%&40 µm 

Figure 4a is the micrographic representation of Al5059/10µm/15% of reinforcement at applied load of 30N with 1.5 m/s sliding speed at a sliding distance of 500m, it shows the minute linear cracks on the worn surface that depicts gradual and minimal wear loss in these regions due to elevated hardness of the composites. In figure 4b the optical micrographic and WLI images of Al 5059/20µm/10% of SiC at a minimum load and sliding speed of 2.5m/s with the distance of 500m , it shows that the plastic flow arises on the damaged surface is slightly higher due to the rise in sliding distance and decrease in percentage of SiC. In figure 4c the optical micrographic and WLI images of Al 5059/20µm/15% of SiC at applied load of 50N and maximum sliding speed (3.5m/s) with the maximum distance of 1500m, the worn out surface the composites layer increases with increase in particle size of SiC and load .The 20µm SiC particles present in the composites, the material hardness is minimum, therefore the wear loss occurs without effort in the layer composites.

In figure 4d the micrographic and WLI images of Al 5059/40µm/5% of SiC at a load of 70N and sliding speed of 3.5m/s with the distance of 1500m,The worn out layer of the composites increases than figure 4c due to increase in load and decrease in percentage of SiC .Figure 4e depicts the micrographic and WLI images of Al 5059/40µm/10% of SiC at a load of 50N and sliding speed of 3.5m/s with the distance of 1500m.The presence of particle size of SiC is 40µm and at maximum sliding speed the reinforcements are removed from the surface. Figure 4f the optical micrographic and WLI images of Al 5059/40µm/5% of SiC at a load of 70N and sliding speed of 3.5m/s with the distance of 1500m.At maximum process parameters and particle size with minimum weight percentage of SiC, the wear loss is maximum at minimum hardness in the composites the image also represents the completely plugged out reinforcement particles due to the rise in sliding speed. Due to increase in load the images shows large cavities that reveals that large size particles which failed to make a bondage with the base matrix and the high load on the composite samples leads to severe wear loss and long running and rotational conditions increases the temperature and soften the material which leads to severe metal removal. The MoS2particles in the samples act as a self lubricant and form a protective coating against the frictional factors which minimize the frictional coefficient.

4. Conclusion

  1. Al 5059/SiC/MoS2 composite was successfully fabricated through stir casting method and Taguchi method was used to determine the optimized factors for Al 5059/SiC/MoS2 composite.

  2. Load is the most influencing factor which affects the wear rate of hybrid compositesalong withweight percentage of SiC, particlesize of SiC, increase in sliding velocity and distance. And the minimum wear loss occurs on A1B2C1D1E1 combination.ANOVA test concluded that weight percentage 15% reinforcement with small size particles provides better wear rate. The major statistical influence on wear rate is applied load (43.15%) followed by weight percentage of SiC(24.89%), particle size of SiC (16.12%), sliding speed (13.11%),sliding distance(2.35%).

  3. The optimum condition for better friction co-efficient occurs on A2B1C2D3E1 combination, load is the highest influencing factor on friction co-efficient (27.72%) followed by sliding distance (25.54%),sliding speed(16.69%),weight percentage (13.80%) and particle size of SiC (9.35%).

  4. The worn out surface proves that the optimal combination of process parameters by Taguchi method is similar to that of the depicted images by Gwyddion software.

5. Acknowledgement

The authors gratefully acknowledge the help rendered by Dr. S.N. Mahalakshmi, Assistant professor of English, Department of Science and humanities, Anna University Regional Campus Coimbatore, towards enhancing the quality and presentation of this research article.

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Received: January 06, 2017; Revised: August 11, 2017; Accepted: August 24, 2017

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