Fretting corrosion of tin-plated contacts

Park, Y W and Sankara Narayanan, T S N and Lee, K Y (2008) Fretting corrosion of tin-plated contacts. Tribology International, 41 (7). pp. 616-628.

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The susceptibility of tin-plated contacts to fretting corrosion is a major limitation for its use in electrical connectors. The present paper evaluates the influence of a variety of factors, such as, fretting amplitude (track length), frequency, temperature, humidity, normal load and current load on the fretting corrosion behaviour of tin-plated contacts. This paper also addresses the development of fretting corrosion maps and lubrication as a preventive strategy to increase the life-time of tin-plated contacts. The fretting corrosion tests were carried out using a fretting apparatus in which a hemispherical rider and flat contacts (tin-plated copper alloy) were mated in sphere plane geometry and subjected to fretting under gross-slip conditions. The variation in contact resistance as a function of fretting cycles and the time to reach a threshold value (100 mΩ) of contact resistance enables a better understanding of the influence of various factors on the fretting corrosion behaviour of tin-plated contacts. Based on the change in surface profile and nature of changes in the contact zone assessed by laser scanning microscope (LSM) and surface analytical techniques, the mechanism of fretting corrosion of tin-plated contacts and fretting corrosion maps are proposed. Lubrication increases the life-time of tin-plated contacts by several folds and proved to be a useful preventive strategy.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Fretting; Oxidation; Surface analysis; Lubrication; Fretting corrosion maps
Divisions:NML Chennai > Chemistry
ID Code:342
Deposited By:Dr. TSN Sankara Narayanan
Deposited On:23 Nov 2009 11:59
Last Modified:07 Feb 2012 14:49

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