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Impact of corrosion on fretting damage of electrical contacts

By T. Liskiewicz, A. Neville and S. Achanta


Electrical contacts are used in a large number of industrial applications, this includes all sorts of modern transportation: airplanes, trains and automobiles. Mechanical assemblies are subjected to vibrations and micro-displacements between mating surfaces are observed leading to fretting wear. Mechanical degradation can additionally be accelerated by a corrosive factor caused by variable humidity, temperature and corrosive gas attack. Fretting-corrosion leads to an increase of contact resistance or intermittent contact resistance faults as corrosion products change the nature of the interface primary through a range of film formation processes. In this work the impact of a corrosion product film formed on copper and gold surfaces on the electrical contact fretting behavior is shown. It has been observed that modification of the interface by the formation of the surface layer can surprisingly lead to increase of the electrical contact durability

Publisher: IEEE
Year: 2006
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