Grit blasting is one simple but effective method to modify the morphology of material surface and can improve the tribological performance. In this study, a thick TiN film was prepared by arc ion plating on the steel disk treated with grit blasting, and the rough surface coated solid film was obtained. The tribological properties of solid film against different materials were evaluated under starved lubrication regime. The results showed that the friction coefficients of rough titanium nitride (TiN) films were lower than those of rough steel disks exclude alumina ball under starved lubrication, and the wear rates of TiN film were negligible due to the high hardness of TiN film and small contact area. For four kinds of balls including steel ball, silicon nitride, zirconia, and alumina, the wear scar diameter of steel ball is biggest, and the wear scar diameters of other balls are small. The hardness of steel ball is less than others, which results in the easy abrasion and increases the contact area to reduce the pressure. So the friction coefficient of TiN against steel is low and steady.
Part of the book: Tribology, Lubricants and Additives