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The wear mechanisms occurring in a labyrinth seal/abradable contact depending on the incursion depth parameter

Delebarre, Corentin and Wagner, Vincent and Paris, Jean-Yves and Dessein, Gilles and Denape, Jean and Gurt-Santanach, Julien The wear mechanisms occurring in a labyrinth seal/abradable contact depending on the incursion depth parameter. (2016) Mechanics & Industry, 17 (6). 601-620. ISSN 2257-7777

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1051/meca/2015118


The contact behavior of an abradable coating (Al-Si 6%) and a labyrinth seal tooth (stainless steel) in a turbo-engine application was studied as a function of the incursion depth parameter, during labyrinth seal/abradable interaction. A controlled and a gradual increase of the labyrinth seal incursion (by step of 50 μm) is performed to obtain the chronological contact evolution under severe operating tribological conditions. The labyrinth seal/abradable contact experiments were conducted on a dedicated test rig able to reach high contact speeds from 0 to 130 m.s−1. To complete contact forces measurement during tests, a suitable instrumentation (acoustic emission sensor, accelerometer, thermocouples, etc.) is developed and coupled as close as possible of the interaction area. The experimental results from the both severe tribological conditions are presented by an analysis of signals recorded during contact tests. Macrographic and micrographic rub-groove observations of post tests samples, coupled with recorded signals from the contact complete the Al-Si 6% behavior study. A wear process description using the third body approach has been proposed to sum up the whole tribological results. Two different varieties of particles production have been identified; a ductile and an adhering layer on the rub-groove bottom and pulverulent fine powder particles, thus providing two different kind of third body and two different material flows.

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HAL Id:hal-02135086
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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