Microstructure and wear behavior of spark plasma sintering sintered Al2O3/WC-based composite

Wei Hsio Chen, Hao Tung Lin, Jianmin Chen, Pramoda K. Nayak, Alex C. Lee, Horng Hwa Lu, Jow Lay Huang

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Various alumina/tungsten carbide based nanocomposites have been fabricated by spark plasma sintering and their wear properties have been investigated by performing ball-on-disk type wear test at room temperature under ambient environment. Our results reveal that the main facture behavior of the Al2O3/tungsten carbide composites sliding against Al2O3 balls is the plastic deformation. Crack formation and grain pull-out in the wear processes are responsible for lowering the wear rate. The Vickers hardness and toughness values are directly related to wear behavior of the composites that grounds Al2O3/WC to show lower wear rate on smoothly worn surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-283
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 31

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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