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Title: Enhancement of bronze alloy surface properties by FSP second-phase particle incorporation

This study presents results of an experimental study to evaluate friction stir processing (FSP) with and without hard second-phase particle incorporation as a means to enhance surface properties and wear performance of C86300 manganese bronze alloy. FSP of flat bronze alloy specimens was conducted with hardened H-13 tool steel to create a 3-mm-thick processed surface layer. The process was also used to incorporate B 4C particles, thereby creating a metal-matrix composite layer on the alloy surface. FSP alone was observed to produce substantial reduction in grain size (from an initial value of 350 mu m to 1-5 μm). FSP without particle incorporation resulted in modest surface hardening due to grain refinement and dispersion hardening. Under lubricated contact in block-on-ring testing with a hardened steel counter face, FSP produced substantial reduction (about 3X) in bronze wear after polishing of processing surface roughening. FSP with hard B 4C second-phase particle incorporation further reduced wear by up to 20X. The improvement in wear behavior is attributed to grain refinement and load shielding by second-phase particles, as determined by wear mechanism analysis.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal Volume: 376-377; Journal Issue: PB; Journal ID: ISSN 0043-1648
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; FSP; friction; manganese bronze; surface modification; wear
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