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ISRN Tribology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 386861, 9 pages
Research Article

Friction Performance of Al-10%SiCp Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites Using Taguchi Method

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India

Received 27 April 2012; Accepted 25 June 2012

Academic Editors: J. Antunes and J. Wang

Copyright © 2013 Shouvik Ghosh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present paper considers the friction performance of Al-10%SiCp reinforced metal matrix composites against steel for varying tribological test parameters. The composite is prepared by stir-casting process using aluminium alloy LM6 being mixed with 10% silicon carbide by weight. The tribological tests are performed by varying applied load, sliding speed, and time. The friction performance is studied using plate-on-roller configuration in a multitribotester and optimized using Taguchi L27 orthogonal array. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is performed to observe the significance of test parameters and their interactions on friction performance. It is observed that normal load and the interaction between normal load and speed influence the friction behaviour, significantly. The wear tracks are analyzed with the help of scanning electron microscopy.