Electrochemical and Tribological Behavior of Surface-Treated Titanium Alloy Ti–6Al–4V

  • Selma Attabi
  • Majda Mokhtari
  • Yasmina Taibi
  • Ibrahim Abdel-Rahman
  • Baraa Hafez
  • Hicham ElmsellemEmail author


To enhance its low wear resistance, a surface treatment of ion nitriding was performed for Ti–6Al–4V titanium alloy. Structural characteristics of specimens were revealed by optical and scanning electron microscopy, and tribological behavior was evaluated using ball-on-disk tribometer by application of two different charges 5 N and 10 N. Electrochemical methods of potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to evaluate the effect of this thermochemical treatment on the corrosion resistance of the studied alloy. Results showed that microhardness of nitrided Ti–6Al–4V represents a value greater with four, five times than that of the untreated alloy. The coefficient of friction was also optimized for the two charges applied. SEM analysis of the worn surfaces indicates that the wear of treated Ti–6Al–4V stills just superficial. However, electrochemical tests show that corrosion resistance of titanium alloy deteriorates after plasma nitriding.


Ti–6Al–4V Nitriding Coating Corrosion Wear 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Selma Attabi
    • 1
  • Majda Mokhtari
    • 2
  • Yasmina Taibi
    • 3
  • Ibrahim Abdel-Rahman
    • 4
  • Baraa Hafez
    • 4
  • Hicham Elmsellem
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Surface Engineering LIS, Department of ChemistryUniversity of Badji MokhtarAnnabaAlgeria
  2. 2.University of Echahid Hamma LakhdarEl-OuedAlgeria
  3. 3.Department of Sciences and Engineering of MaterialsNational High School in Mining and MetallurgyAnnabaAlgeria
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, College of SciencesUniversity of SharjahSharjahUAE
  5. 5.Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Materials, and Environment (LC2AME), Faculty of SciencesUniversity of Mohammed PremierOujdaMorocco

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