Mechanics & Industry
Volume 18, Number 1, 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||16 January 2017|
Frictional characteristics of diamond like carbon and tungsten carbide/carbon coated high carbon high chromium steel against carbon in dry sliding conformal contact for mechanical seals
Department of Mechatronics Engineering,
Kongu Engineering College, Erode,
a Corresponding author:
Accepted: 10 June 2016
The present work investigates the friction characteristics of high carbon high chromium steel (HCHCr) stationary seal in contact with resin impregnated carbon rotating seal without any interfacial lubricant. An experimental setup was designed and fabricated to study the frictional characteristics of the seal for varying normal load and at a constant speed. The reliability and frictional performance had been improved further by providing DLC (diamond like carbon) and WC/C (tungsten carbide/carbon) coating over the substrate HCHCr D2 steel surface. Compared with the conventional stainless steel (316 SS) mechanical seals, uncoated HCHCr D2 steel had shown better frictional characteristics. Also further deposition of DLC and WC/C film on HCHCr D2 steel had shown significant improvement in the frictional torque, frictional coefficient and face temperature rise. The high hardness and low surface roughness of DLC and WC/C coated seal resulted in low and stable friction coefficient in the range of 0.04–0.05 without any measurable wear.
Key words: Mechanical seal / friction / diamond like carbon / HCHCr steel / 316 stainless steel
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