Plateaued surfaces are surfaces that have been machined to simulate those that result from normal running in and are said to have advantages over conventional or non-plateaued surfaces. However, the evidence is lacking. This study evaluates the tribological performance of plateaued and non-plateaued surfaces on a pin-on-disk tribometer. The honing pattern of an engine cylinder bore was simulated on the disks. These disks have similar average surface heights with either plateaued or non-plateaued surface finish. Friction, wear and scuffing resistance of plateaued and non-plateaued disks were evaluated. Results from the pin-on-disk tribometer show that in the hydrodynamic lubrication regime plateaued and non-plateaued disks have the same friction, while in the mixed lubrication regime the plateaued surface has less friction. The author's findings also reveal that plateaued surfaces tend to have higher wear resistance but lower scuffing resistance. It also confirms the conventional wisdom that plateaued surfaces have shorter running-in wear period.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films