Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 27, Issue 20, pp 5441–5444 | Cite as

Friction and wear characteristics of binary and ternary zirconia ceramics

  • Y. S. Wang
  • C. A. Leach


The friction and wear behaviour of binary and ternary zirconia ceramics was studied in an unlubricated environment over a range of loads and sliding speeds. In these tests, ternary zirconia ceramics based on the ZrO2-CeO2-Y2O3 system were seen to show very low friction coefficients and wear rates compared with the other binary zirconia systems investigated, with a coefficient of friction typically about 50% that of other (binary) zirconia ceramics, and a wear rate of about 1% of that of tetragonal yttria-doped zirconia. During slide testing of zirconias a transition from a low wear regime to a high wear regime was observed with increasing sliding velocity and load. SEM was used to identify the wear mechanisms.


Polymer Zirconia Friction Coefficient Wear Rate Wear Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. S. Wang
    • 1
  • C. A. Leach
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MaterialsImperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineLondonUK

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