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Conductive and tribological properties of TiN-Ag composite coatings under grease lubrication


silver, tribology, contact resistance, lubricating grease


TiN-Ag composite coatings were prepared by pulsed bias arc ion plating. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) were applied to analyze the compositions of the coatings. Tribological properties of the coatings were studied using an MFT-R4000 ball-on-disk friction tester in the presence of lubricating greases containing multilayer graphene. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to analyze the worn surface compositions of the lubricating films. The results show that with the decrease in Ag in the film, hardness increased but electrical conductivity decreased. The coating with 10 at% Ag content shows the best friction-reducing and anti-wear properties, which can be attributed to the moderate content of Ag embedded in the TiN crystal gap that enhanced the grain bonding force to improve the anti-wear and self-lubricating ability. Graphene can be adsorbed on the coating as a solid lubricant.


Tsinghua University Press