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The tribology of PS212 coatings and PM212 composites for the lubrication of titanium 6A1-4V components of a Stirling engine space power systemThe Stirling space power machine incorporates a linear alternator to generate electrical power. The alternator is a reciprocating device that is driven by a solar or nuclear-powered Stirling engine. The power piston and cylinder are made of titanium 6A1-4V (Ti6-4) alloy, and are designed to be lubricated by a hydrodynamically-generated gas film. Rubbing occurs during starts and stops and there is a possibility of an occasional high speed rub. Since titanium is known to have a severe galling tendency in sliding contacts, a 'backup,' self-lubricating coating on the cylinder and/or the piston is needed. This report describes the results of a research program to study the lubrication of Ti6-4 with the following chromium carbide based materials: plasma-sprayed PS212 coatings and sintered PM212 counterfaces. Program objectives are to achieve adherent coatings on Ti6-4 and to measure the friction and wear characteristics of the following sliding combinations under conditions simulative of the Stirling-driven space power linear alternator: Ti6-4/Ti6-4 baseline, Ti6-4/PS212 coated Ti6-4, and Ps212 coated Ti6-4/PM212
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Sliney, Harold E.
(Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Dellacorte, Christopher
(Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Lukaszewicz, Victor
(Calspan Corp Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: STLE Tribology Transactions
Volume: 38
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0569-8197
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
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