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Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

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what kind of aluminium alloy grade is the most resistant to galling with nickel ?

RE: Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

A Ni alloy or Ni200 (pure Ni)?
These are two of the more gall sensitive materials that there are.
My guess is that contact pressure over 2ksi will assure galling.
Use an insert to keep them from touching each other.

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RE: Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

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i'm planning to use pure nickel

RE: Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

What temp? Dry or lubricated? Can you use washers/spacers/bushings?
One thought is to look at Electroless Ni plating on the Al, then age it to harden it.
But preventing contact is a better option.

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RE: Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

Aluminum alloys and nickel are extremely dissimilar. Direct contact between bare parts, with even a whiff of electrolyte and oxygen, is guaranteed to initiate massive aluminum corrosion... overwhelming any expected galling problem.

Anodize with baked-on corrosion resistive solid film lubricant [fastener grade coating SFL] on the aluminum surface... AND flash-chrome plate on your polished [8-microinches RA] nickel part... might work OK... but test-test-test to validate in real-world environments.

This combination would probably allow relatively slow movement with relatively low contact pressure for moderate-to-good 'endurance'.

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RE: Galling resistant aluminium alloy grade ?

Solid film lubricant as said, or DLC or some kind of plasma deposition. Nikasil for example...

The cost should steer you away pretty quickly.

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