, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 323–340 | Cite as

Acoustic emission characterization of sliding wear under condition of direct and inverse transformations in low-temperature degradation aged Y-TZP and Y-TZP-AL2O3

  • Nikolai L. SavchenkoEmail author
  • Andrey V. Filippov
  • Sergei Yu Tarasov
  • Andrey I. Dmitriev
  • Evgeny V. Shilko
  • Aleksandr S. Grigoriev
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In this research, results of the investigation of the sliding friction and wear of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline (Y-TZP) and Y-TZP-Al2O3 samples preliminarily subjected to low-temperature degradation are reported. The investigation was carried out using a pin-on-disk tribometer with simultaneous recording of acoustic emission (AE) and vibration acceleration. The sliding wear process was found to be determined by dynamic direct and inverse Y-TZP transformations detected by monoclinic and tetragonal X-ray diffraction peak ratios. The AE signals generated under direct and inverse transformations can be used to characterize wear and friction mechanisms as well as direct and inversed sliding-induced phase transformations. The AE signal energy grows with the friction coefficient and the inverse transformation degree. Reduction of the AE signal energy indicates establishing the mild wear stage caused by effective stress-induced direct martensitic transformation. The AE signal median frequency increases in the case of lower friction. Numerical studies of wear subsurface fracture under conditions of stress-induced martensitic transformation were used to elucidate the role played by the phase transformation in Y-TZP and Y-TZP-Al2O3. Martensitic transformation in Y-TZP was described with use of the non-associated dilatant plasticity model. Simulation results particularly show that increase in the value of dilatancy coefficient from 0 to 0.2 is accompanied by 25%−30% reduce in characteristic length and penetration depth of sliding-induced subsurface cracks. As shown the AE may be an effective tool for in-situ monitoring the subsurface wear of materials experiencing both direct and inverse transformations.


zirconia transformation toughening low-temperature degradation friction acoustic emission numerical modeling movable cellular automata method 



The work was financially supported by the Russian Federation via the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Agreement No. 14.607.21.0186, project identifier RFMEFI60717X0186).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolai L. Savchenko
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrey V. Filippov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sergei Yu Tarasov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrey I. Dmitriev
    • 1
    • 3
  • Evgeny V. Shilko
    • 1
    • 3
  • Aleksandr S. Grigoriev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RASTomskRussian Federation
  2. 2.National Research Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityTomskRussian Federation
  3. 3.National Research Tomsk State UniversityTomskRussian Federation

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