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High-Rate laser surface texturing for advanced tribological functionality

: Schille, Jörg; Schneider, Lutz; Mauersberger, Stefan; Szokup, Sylvia; Höhn, Sören; Pötschke, Johannes; Reiß, Friedemann; Leidich, Erhard; Löschner, Udo

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Lubricants 8 (2020), No.3, Art. 33, 20 pp.
ISSN: 2075-4442
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF (Deutschland)
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF (Deutschland)
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
high-rate; coefficient of friction; tribology; LIPSS; Laser; high power; laser surface texturing

This article features with the enhancement of the static coefficient of friction by laser texturing the contact surfaces of tribological systems tested under dry friction conditions. The high-rate laser technology was applied for surface texturing at unprecedented processing rates, namely using powerful ultrashort pulses lasers in combination with ultrafast polygon-mirror based scan systems. The laser textured surfaces were analyzed by ion beam slope cutting and Raman measurements, showing a crystallographic disordering of the produced microscopic surface features. The laser induced self-organizing periodic surface structures as well as deterministic surface textures were tested regarding their tribological behavior. The highest static coefficient of friction was found of µ20 = 0.68 for a laser textured cross pattern that is 126% higher than for a fine grinded reference contact system. The line pattern was textured on a shaft-hub connection where the static coefficient of friction increased up to 75% that demonstrates the high potential of the technology for real-world applications.