Surface modified rice husk ceramic particles as a functional additive: Improving the tribological behaviour of aluminium matrix composites

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  • Lehua Cheng
  • Dongrui Yu
  • Enzhu Hu
  • Yuchao Tang
  • Kunhong Hu
  • Xianguo Hu
  • Min Wang

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Chao Hu University
  • Hefei University of Technology
  • Hefei University
  • University of Birmingham


An electroless deposition method was used to modify the surface properties of rice husk ceramic particles (RHC) by depositing nano-nickel on the surface of the RHC (Ni-RHC). The dry tribological performances of aluminum matrix composite adobes containing different contents of RHC and Ni-RHC particles have been investigated using a micro-tribometer. Results showed that the Ni–RHC particles substantially improved both the friction and wear properties of the Ni-RHC/aluminum matrix adobes. The optimal concentration was determined to be 15 wt% for both the RHC and Ni–RHC particles. The improvements in the tribological properties of aluminum adobes including the Ni-RHC were ascribed to friction-induced peeling off of Ni coating and formation of protection layer on the wear zone, both of which led to low friction and wear volume.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalCarbon Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018